Originally celebrated in the Eastern Churches as “The Meeting of the Lord.” Also known as the Purification of Mary, and Candlemas Day, this feast concludes the celebration of the Nativity. By the offerings of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, and the prophecy of St. Simeon, the life of Christ now begins to point toward his Resurrection.

–“The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows him to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord… Jesus is recognized as the long-expected Messiah, the ‘light to the nations’ and the ‘glory of Israel.’” (CCC 529).
–“… for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Lk 2:30-32) ~ from the Didache Bible