Posts Tagged ‘candlemas’

Nunc dimittis servum tuum Domine secundum verbum tuum in pace quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum lumen ad revelationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuae Israhel. (Lk 2.29-32)

Lord, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light to the revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.


Giotto, The Presentation in the Temple (1304-06)

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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.

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