Lord, you now have set your servant free *
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
History: First Celebrated in the Fourth Century
Liturgical Color: Green
Traditional Food: Crepes!
For many people worldwide, Candlemas, February 2, has a particular smell: not
just the scent of lighted candles but also the fragrance of pancakes being
cooked for family and friends.
"A Light to enlighten the nations"
The blessing and lighting of candles, thus candlemas!
Lord Jesus Christ, pour forth your blessing on these candles and sanctify
them by the light of your grace. May our hearts be illuminated by your light,
may our actions be guided by your light, so that when our lives here are
finished, we may come into the eternal presence of your redeeming light. We pray
this is the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
After lighting our candle and talking about the "light of the world," I think the kids will enjoy re-enacting the story as well. They're always pretending to be Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem so this will add another dimension to their playing and understanding.
The VonTrapp's Family Tradition
A Carnival of Ideas and Reflections
Coloring Page of Simeon and Anna
A family's shadow-box dramatization