Monday, February 2, 2009


Today is sometimes called The Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary and sometimes The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

Here's part of what James Kiefer said:

Counting forward from December 25 as Day One, we find that Day Forty is February 2. A Jewish woman is in semi-seclusion for 40 days after giving birth to a son, and accordingly it is on February 2 that we celebrate the coming of Mary and Joseph with the infant Jesus to the Temple at Jerusalem...

Because an old reading for this festival contains the line (Zephaniah 1:12), "I will search Jerusalem with candles," the day is also known as Candlemas, and sometimes observed with a candle-lit procession.
The old Celtic name for this day is Imbolc or Oimelk which are a references to the pregnancy and lactating of the ewes. It is considered the first day of spring.

1 comment:

  1. These are some interesting and worthwhile facts, most of which I wasn't not familiar with...thank you so much for sharing...


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