Candlemas 2023

On Thursday, February 2nd, the seminary community celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Before Mass, we process into the chapel with lighted candles, which symbolizes the Christ child bringing light (life) into the world of darkness (death). The tradition of Candlemas comes from the requirement in Jewish law that the first-born son be “redeemed” by an offering (Exodus 13:2 & 13). When Jesus was presented at the Temple, Simeon was the one to receive Him, and rejoiced exceedingly for Simeon “should not see death before he has seen the Christ of the Lord” (Luke 2:26).