Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother : “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.
The Gospel of St. Luke
The feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (or presentation of Christ in the Temple) celebrated with a great display of candles.
Forms: OE–ME candel mæsse, ME -masse, -messe, ME -mas, ME candil-masse, ME -messe, -mas, condulmas, ME candylmesse, 15 -mas, 15–17 candlemass, 15– candlemas.
Etymology: Old English candelmæsse, < candel candle n. + mæsse mass v.4 In Icelandic kyndilmessa: compare medieval Latin candelaria, French chandeleur, German lichtmesse.