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Candlemas, The Feast of Purification

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Candlemas, The Feast of Purification



When:

On the Modern calendar - February 2nd

On the Julian calendar - February 15th

Candlemas is the last holiday of the Christmas season. Candlemas is a christian celebration, or festival, of the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the annual blessing of candles used by the church.

About the Feast of Purification:
According to Jewish customs, women were considered "unclean" after the birth of a child. The unclean period lasted 40 days after the birth of a son, and 60 days after the birth of a daughter. During this period, they were not allowed into the temple to worship. At the end of this time, the woman was brought to the temple and "purified" in a ceremony. After the birth of Christ, the Virgin Mary was purified on Candlemas or the Feast of Purification.

On Candlemas, candles used during the year are blessed. In christian churches, candles represent Jesus Christ as the light, the truth and the way.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/3/2013 8:17AM

    again, thanks for all the info!

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THINAGIN2 2/2/2013 7:54PM

    I learned something new today! Thanks!

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PATRICIAAK 2/2/2013 5:05PM

    so the Christmas season comes to a close.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/2/2013 5:02PM

    I am Christian, but I have never heard of this in any of the churches I attended, Anglican, United or LDS


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PMAY0313 2/2/2013 11:07AM

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/2/2013 9:27AM

    Thanks for the info on Candlemas. I've often come across it in literature but did not know it's origins or connection with the events in the life of Christ.
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