Candlemas: At the end of Christmas

On Wednesday 2 February we say that, forty days after the birth of Christ, the Holy Family is leaving Bethlehem.

A month in the stable is enough.

It’s back to Nazareth, or maybe on to Egypt, by way the Temple.

This is where we are for today’s main reading from St Luke’s Gospel as we look both back and forwards to Holy Week.

In some churches the candles to be used at Easter will be blessed after we have together carried our own candles into church to be the Light of Christ going to the Temple.

Snowdrops, known as Candlemas Bells, are appearing in gardens.

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