presentation at the temple

The 2nd February is a feast day in the Catholic Church celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the temple when Simeon prophesied that Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the gentiles”. Its popular name is Candelora because on this day the candles in the church are blessed as candles represent Christ who comes as a “light to the gentiles”.

However, as with many church festivals there is a link with pagan religions. Among the Celtic people this festival was called Imbolc and marked the transition from winter to spring or from the coldest and darkest days of the year to the lighter and warmer days. 

At a local level the feast is important as it was the day in 1953 that Don Giorgio, our local priest, was ordained and celebrated his first mass.
don giorgio

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