Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas, when the infant Jesus is recognized as “the Light to enlighten the nations” (Luke 2:32).
Candlemas has been celebrated since the fifth century, and we observed it by making and decorating candles, which were blessed for use at home. We also acted out the intergenerational story of the Presentation, and adults watched a short video of Rowan Williams reflecting on the day.
“For God’s love, there is never any person or situation beyond its reach. There are no insiders and outsiders. There are only those for whose company and well-being God is eternally, fierily passionate. Into that love, we step, in silence and in hope, tonight.” —Rowan Williams, 2016
Questions to wonder about and to help illuminate your faith (from Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism, The Episcopal Church):
What are the places in our dark world that need light?
What is the light you have to offer those dark places?
How can you share the light?
What do you see as light?
Where do you need light or the Light of Christ?
- Candlemas blog post from Trinity’s Jim Melchiorre
- Candlemas: Celebrating the Return of Light from Waldorf Education
- A scripted reading of Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple
- Inner Light reflection by Richard Rohr
- “Bearing the Light” poem by Denise Levertov
- Sing Peace Around the World song by Shelley Murley