Candlemas Feb 2, Joyful226

Candlemas Feb 2, Joyful226
February 2nd is Candlemas Day. Is based on Luke 2:25-32 Candlemas is a traditional Christian festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of her son Jesus. Also on this day, was Christ’s presentation in the Temple. Forty days after the birth a first son Jewish boy, it was the custom to take him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God by his thankful parents. Sacrifices were made in this case of two turtle doves, and two pigeons How did the 2nd February come to be called Candlemas? It was the day of the year when all the candles, that were used in the church during the coming year, were brought into church and a blessing was said over them - so it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles. These candles were used not only in the church but in parishioner’s homes as well. The first known Candlemas celebration was in the 300’s A.D. For Christians, they are very important reminding us that Christ is the light of the world as Simeon announced in Luke 2: 25-3225 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel Authorized King James Version Before Jesus came to earth, it was as if everyone was 'in the dark'. People often felt lost and lonely. Afraid. As if they were on their own, with no one to help them. Then came Jesus with His message that He is with His followers always ready to help and comfort them. Christ is a guiding light to those in the darkness. Christians often refer of Jesus as 'the light of the World' - and candles are lit during church services to remind us of this Other names for Candlemas Day Candlemas's Day also has two other names. One is the 'Presentation of Christ in the Temple'. The other is the 'Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary'. Both these names come from special events in the life of baby Jesus. Which happened on the same day, 40 days after Christ’s birth. (In the Jewish tradition they always counted the first day as day one not the second as we do.. they didn’t wait 24 hours for day one. Kind of like when the doctor gives you medication for 10 days or 7 days day one is the first day not 24 hours later. So also they didn’t wait a complete day either for the final day it was also the start of that day so 40 days and nights might be closer to 38 days in our way of counting days.) Candlemas Day Weather-lore, beliefs and sayings People believe that Candlemas Day predicted the weather for the rest of the winter. The weather proverbs express the idea that a fine bright sunny Candlemas day means that there is more winter to come, whereas a cloudy wet stormy Candlemas day means that the worst of winter is over. Reminds us of the USA groundhog day. Weather Proverbs If Candlemas Day be fair and bright Winter will have another fight. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, Winter won't come again. If Candlemas Day be dry and fair, The half o the winter's to come and mair; If Candlemas Day be wet and foul, The half o the winter's gane at Yule. German Proverb. " The badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas Day, and, if he finds snow, walks abroad; winter is over, but if he sees the sun shining he draws back into his hole 6 more weeks until winters end." Germans settled in Pennsylvania (Called Pennsylvania Dutch) and brought this tradition with them only it was changed to a groundhog and now you know why the official groundhog day is in Pennsylvania rather than anywhere else they started it. So our groundhog day is in celebration of Candlemas.. Candlemas Superstitions Snowdrops (Candlemas Bells) were considered to be unlucky if brought into the house before Candlemas Day, representing a parting or death. However today they are thought to help clean the air and bring good health any time. But because of this early Candlemas tradition it could be where the pretty winter flowers got the name Candlemas Bells, which by the way is their official name. Any Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night (January 6th) should be left up until Candlemas Day and then taken down. There is more on the subject and more scripture verses relating on Candlemas in the other creation I made for it. I hope you have a wonderful Candlemas Day. And this brings a special meaning to February 2, more than just Groundhog Day. :) Love to all Connie
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