Last week we celebrated the Presentation in the Temple feast, where Jesus is brought to the temple as an infant. St Simeon sees him and finds his promise from God fulfilled! St Anna sees him, she who has been waiting for him many years, and is comforted as well.
On this Sunday, called Candlemas in some countries, candles are also blessed signifying Christ as the Light of the World. Candlemas dates from ancient Celtic times, as the day also marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Our church adopted this date as a way to further the Gospel, as well.
Here are some more studies on this topic:
- The Meeting of Our Lord at the Temple
- Sermon on the Meeting of Our Lord at the Temple
- Article by Sergie V. Bulgakov
Here is the prayer of the week for reflection:
Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, the True Light, Who enlightens every man that comes into the world, pour out Your blessing on these candles, and hallow them by the light of Your Grace; and grant, O Merciful One, that as these lights, kindled with a visible flame, scatter the darkness of night, so also may our hearts, by an invisible fire, that is, enlightened by the glowing of the Holy Spirit, avoid the blindness of all manner of sin; so that we may see those things that are pleasing unto You, and availing for our salvation, with the cleansed eye of our soul, so that we, having overcome the darkness of this world, may be granted to attain to the light that never fades: For You are our Savior, and to You do we send up glory, with Your unoriginate Father, and Your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Bible Verse for this Prayer: "A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke
Bible Question for this Prayer: What is the purpose of lighting candles in the church.
You can receive one credit for doing any of the studies or the prayer of the week. For the studies, complete the article worksheet, and send your completed work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. For the prayer, send in your answer to oandrey(at)aol(d0t)com and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.
May your studies be blessed!