Candlemas Festal Eucharist 2018

January 29, 2018

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What is Candlemas?

Candlemas is a Christian festival held on 2nd February every year to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This date also marks the ritual presentation of baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem.

According to the Gospel of Luke Jesus was met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon called baby Jesus a ‘Light to the World’. Candlemas reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.

The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church’s candles for the year were blessed. Traditionally on Candlemas night, many people placed lighted candles in their windows at home.

Candlemas at Winchester Cathedral

This year Candlemas service at Winchester Cathedral is on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 5.30pm. It will be celebrated with a Festal Eucharist and a procession of light through the dark Nave to the West End of the Cathedral.

President & Homily: Canon Roland Riem
Setting: Peeters Missa Festiva
Gradual: Eccard When to the Temple Mary went
Final Motet: Holst Nunc Dimittis
Voluntary: Stanford Postlude on a theme of Orlando Gibbons (Song 22)

See our services page for more information about other services and prayer on 2nd February 2018