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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Masses for Feb 2, Candlemas

February 2, 2019, is Candlemas, more technically known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus. Its a wonderful liturgy to attend (of course, all liturgies are special).

The liturgy begins with the Blessing of Candles. A procession follows, in which all carry lighted candles. New Advent explains thus:

The solemn procession represents the entry of Christ, who is the Light of the World, into the Temple of Jerusalem. It forms an essential part of the liturgical services of the day, and must be held in every parochial church where the required ministers can be had.


While now the procession is held inside the church, during the Middle Ages the clergy left the church and visited the cemetery surrounding it. Upon the return of the procession a priest, carrying an image of the Holy Child, met it at the door and entered the church with the clergy, who sang the canticle of Zachary, "Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel".


February 2, 2019

9:30am Solemn Mass
St. Stephen

12pm High Mass
Immaculate Conception


  1. Will we be able to bring our own candles to have them blessed?

  2. Good question , one that I have as well

  3. Personal candles can be brought to be blessed at the Mass on Saturday. These should be given to Fr Bede before Mass. Hope that helps.