Candlemas is a non secular vacation and birthday celebration that originated within the 4th Century. It’s celebrated on February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas.
Candlemas is alleged to be a birthday celebration of remembrance, the place candles are lit to honor and take into account Jesus being officially presented on the temple of Jerusalem. (40 days after his start on Christmas, December 25th).
In some Catholic Church buildings there’s an added layer of which means the place it’s mentioned to have fun the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary, which might have additionally taken position 40 days after giving start to Christ.
Early on, Candlemas was once celebrated with a really perfect ceremonial dinner… The Ceremonial dinner of Candlemas.
In additional fashionable instances, Candlemas has develop into a time when church buildings will bless the entire candles for the approaching 12 months.
Right here’s one thing that sparked an pastime for me.
A Party with Candlelight!
Candles are in and of themselves so symbolic.
A lit candle has its personal religious power and presence, however a lit candle additionally has the facility to improve you in calling forth larger religious presence on your lifestyles.
So, as a contemporary twist on Candlemas…
Chances are you’ll need to gentle a candle to gentle a candle, to rouse your personal divine presence and to welcome upper divine presence and spirit into your lifestyles.
Easy Candle Meditation
A undying, and easy, but however tough candle meditation is to gentle a candle.
Then set the candle in entrance of you, and gaze into the candle’s flame.
As you gaze into the flame… Mirror at the qualities of Spirit provide within the flame, and inherently found in All.
The similar presence of Spirit you music into within the candles flame could also be found in you, and with consciousness you’ll now carry it to the outside an increasing number of on your personal lifestyles.
A Robust Time of Purification
The relationship with Candlemas being the time when Mom Mary underwent a Purification ritual could also be fairly symbolic.
In my article about Imbolc, which is the Pagan Hearth Pageant that marks the hidden front to Spring on February 1st…
I communicate in regards to the tough energies of Purification which are to be had proper round this time.
It’s a great time for purification each inside on the stage of your ideas and feelings…
However its additionally the very best time for slightly Spring cleansing of your house round.
Connection With Groundhog Day
In the end…
Candlemas has a connection to the trendy statement of Groundhog day which additionally takes position on February 2nd. The relationship is that farmers seen the elements on Candlemas and used it as a reference level to decide what the elements can be like within the days to practice.
If the Solar was once shiny overhead… It intended extra transparent chilly climate to return. Alternatively, if it was once cloudy it intended hotter climate to return.
There’s an previous English music I discovered referenced on Catholic Answers that is going like this:
“If Candlemas be truthful and shiny, / Come, Wintry weather, have every other flight. / If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, / Move, Wintry weather, and are available now not once more.”
With such a lot love,