This Wednesday, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, also known as Candlemas. It is a day when we bless new candles for use all year long in the home. Bring yours to Mass!
You may also wish to bring a bottle of water to be blessed for use in your home. This tradition stems from Simeon's words, calling Jesus a light to the gentiles and glory for Israel. Christ is the "Light that enlightens all mankind." The Presentation comes 40 days after Christmas because Jewish law required the presentation of a firstborn son that day.