Candles at the end of Christmas

“Candlemas Day” by Marianne Stokes (1855–1927) Austrian Painter

“Candlemas Day” by Marianne Stokes (1855–1927) Austrian Painter

A painter born Marianne Preindlsberger at Graz in the Austrian province of Styria.  She settled in England after her marriage to the landscape painter Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935) whom she had met in Pont-Aven and was considered one of the leading artists in Victorian England.

I am moved by the serenity of the young woman in the painting and feel a stirring affinity with her as Catholic Christian, as this image reaches out to me from across the centuries. Praying in the stillness of early morning perhaps, by the light of a candle. I too light a candle , read the Bible and say the Rosary at prayer. A Christian doing what Christians have done for 2000 years. 

Candlemas is a Christian festival celebrated on 2 February.  It marks the end of Epiphany, the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Jesus was recognised by Simeon as the one for whom he has been waiting. (Luke 2:25-40)  

The feast celebrates the day on which the infant Jesus was taken by Mary His Mother and St. Joseph to the Temple in Jerusalem where thanks would be offered to God, according to the correct and ancient Jewish custom. When Simeon , ”an upright and devout man”, well advanced in years saw them he knew that this was the Child who was the Messiah for which Israel and the world had been waiting. He took the child in his arms and praised God and  declared that this child would be a light to all the world, a light that would enlighten pagans and give honour to the people of Israel from whom he had sprung.

To commemorate what Simeon said , there are special candle services in church – sometimes with a procession into the church beforehand. These candles are blessed, and we can take them home with us where they can be lit again for a family candlelight supper. 

…after Candlemas the days start getting longer, and we don’t need artificial light in the evenings.Spring is on the way and we should start enjoying it.

Quoted from ‘A book of Feasts and Seasons’, by Joanna Bogle (available at Amazon)

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Receiving recognition from a fellow blogger.

Reader Appreciation Award.

This evening I was happy to learn that 1catholicsalmon was nominated for this prestigious award — The Reader Appreciation Award — from super-blogger  BILTRIX !

What a pleasant surprise and I see it as a real compliment, as I am really particular about the blogs that I read in-depth and in turn,  take the time to comment on. BILTRIX is an informative, Spirit-filled blog with many inspirational and educational posts.  It’s a blog that shares information on cultural apologetics for the New Evangilisation. Do make your way there sometime soon. Sincere thanks for your support and the sharing of this award BILTRIX.

Now the rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  1. Add a picture of the award to your blog post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Nominate 5-10 other Bloggers and inform those selected that they have been nominated.

Now, in appreciation to all readers of 1catholicsalmon, I wish I could nominate you all.

I am going to include blogs in the following list that are ones that I comment on every now and then but read on a daily basis. The administrators of the blogs are the ones that read my blog and comment from time to time. To these bloggers I say, ‘Thank you for taking the time to read my posts.’

The nominees for the coveted Reader Appreciation Award are:

  1. The Foraging Squirrel – (Catholic Christian) Light, refreshing, different, creative.
  2. The Reluctant Road to Rome – (Catholic Christian) Detailed, concise, honest, sincere.
  3. Cristian Mihai - (Author)- Inspirational and interesting.
  4. Khamneithang – (Christian) An amazing way with words and imagery. Written by a single father. A must see.
  5. Public Catholic- Front line hot- off-the-press Catholic witness.
  6. Bucketlist publications-An exciting blog about travel, adventure, & new experiences.

To all of you who read this blog: THANK YOU ! (To the followers of 1catholicsalmon, please introduce yourselves.)

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