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Giotto Wikipedia 220px-Giotto_-_Scrovegni_-_-19-_-_Presentation_at_the_TempleFebruary 2 is Candlemas, or the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.

The feast commemorates the day when Mary and Joseph presented the Christ Child at the Temple. This would have been 40 days after His birth. Mary would have had her ritual bath beforehand, allowing her to be part of Jewish public life and worship once more.

Mary and Joseph gave a sacrifice of two turtledoves.

Two devout Jews were present: Simeon and the prophetess Anna.

The following post gives more information about this feast day, on which candles are blessed for use during the Church year:

February 2 is Candlemas

The Gospel reading, Luke 2:22-40, is explored in detail below:

Jesus presented at the temple (Part 1)

Jesus presented at the temple (Part 2)

You can read more about Anna in the next post:

Candlemas: the prophetess Anna

February 3 is St Blaise Day, when many Catholics have their throats blessed. The priest places two crossed candles near the congregant’s throat and recites a prayer for that person’s good health, particularly against throat ailments.

St Blaise led a fascinating life, more about which below:

St Blaise’s feast day and the blessing of throats

The Sundays after Epiphany continue. We are nearly into the Sundays before Lent, which begins on March 2 with Ash Wednesday.

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