PRAYER FOR CANDLEMAS DAY - NOSSA SENHORA DAS CANDEIAS

(February 2 - Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus at the temple and the feast of the Purification of Mary )
Prayer for Candlemas Day
Lord Jesus Christ, 
You are the true Light 
enlightening every soul born into this world. 
Today we celebrate the feast of Candlemas. 
Before Holy Mass, 
the priest blesses the candles, 
whose wax is the humming summer's work of countless bees. 
The flames of these candles 
will shed their light upon the altar at the Holy Sacrifice. 
Help us to realize, 
this day and every day, 
that our own humdrum daily work, 
if it is done for love of You, 
and in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 
will be a supernatural work, 
and will shine brightly before You for all eternity. 
Help us realize, too, 
each time we see the blessed candles at Holy Mass, 
or at the bedside of the sick, 
that they are a symbol of Yourself, 
the Light shining in the darkness of this world. 
Help us to live in that Light, 
to make it our own, 
and to kindle it in the souls of others, 
increasing the area Of light 
and lessening the darkness in the World This, 
dear Lord, help us do, 
through the merits of Your own dear mother, Mary, 
who did everything for love of 
You, from the moment she brought You into this world 
till the day she joined You in the realms of light at her death. 
Then we, too, working for You, 
shall be light-bearers who will help to spread Your kingdom on earth, 
and increase the number of those who dwell in he

The Presentation in the Temple by Quentin Massys (1465-1530)
Today is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, more popularly known as Candlemas. It commemorates Mary and Joseph taking baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days...

The Presentation in the Temple by Quentin Massys (1465-1530)
Today is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, more popularly known as Candlemas. It commemorates Mary and Joseph taking baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth. In the Jewish tradition this was done to complete a mother’s ritual purification after childbirth, and to perform the redemption of the first-born.
During this event Jesus was acknowledged as the Saviour by Simeon, a man blessed by the Holy Spirit:
Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel (Luke 2: 29-32).

To Mary he spoke the following prophecy:
Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed- and a sword will pierce your soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare (Luke 2: 34-35).

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