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Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin

1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Also known as Our Lady of the Candles

Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple

Purification of the Blessed Virgin

Memorial February 2,

About the Feast The feast commemorates the purifying of the Blessed Virgin according to the Mosaic Law, 40 days after the birth of Christ, and the presentation of the Infant Jesus in the Temple. The feast was introduced into the Eastern Empire by Emperor Justinian I, and is mentioned in the Western Church in the Gelasian Sacramentary of the 7th century. Candles are blessed on that day in commemoration of the words of Holy Simeon concerning Christ "a light to the revelation of the Gentiles" (Luke 2), and a procession with lighted candles is held in the church to represent the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple of Jerusalem. "Candlemas" is still the name in Scotland for a legal term-day on which interest and rents are payable (February 2,).

Patronage Jaro, Philippines, city of

Western Visayas, Philippines

Additional Information Goffine's Devout Instructions

Catholic Encyclopedia

The Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate

Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Brunson

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Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ncd/​f/feast-of-the-purification-of-the-blessed-virgin.html. 1910.
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