Presentation of the Lord – Candlemas

February 2 – The Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, this day is referred to as the “Purification of Mary.” This is known as a “Christmas feast” since it points back to the Solemnity of Christmas.

Candlemas is a Christian holiday celebrated annually on February 2.

The term “Candlemas” (meaning Candle Mass) refers to the practice of the blessing of candles by the priest during a church service (“mass”) for use during the year in church and in the homes of the faithful.