Rejoice, O full of grace, Mother of God and Virgin, for from thee has risen the sun of righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who dwell in darkness. Rejoice you too, righteous watchman, that you have received in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, who also gives us the Resurrection.
St John Henry Newman’s 1849 poem “Candlemas”: THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn, Which shot across the sky, Away they pass at Candlemas, They sparkle and they die. Comfort of earth is brief at best, Although it be divine; Like funeral lights for Christmas gone, Old Simeon’s tapers shine. And then for eight long weeks and […]
We are 40 days away from the Nativity of the Lord. The Presentation of the Lord is a feast the Church in the Eastern part of the ecclesial world, known as an “Encounter,” a second epiphany of the new born King and Messiah given the words of the Simeon. Christ is identified as the Light […]
40 days ago we celebrated the fact of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God, Emmanuel, whom we call Jesus. Today’s liturgical observance of Candelmas –the Encounter with the Lord– recalls our great joy and we’re told what our joy is about by Saint Leo the Great: “Our Savior was born today: let us be […]