Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Candlemas bells

Snowdrops are also known as known as Candlemas bells

In many ways, Candlemas can be thought of a pivotal feast. It is forty days since Christmas and Lent is coming soon (as early as February 4th?). Likewise, the words of Simeon at the Presentation reinforce this. The section on Candlemas at Oremus notes:

… the prophetic words of Simeon, which speak of the falling and rising of many and the sword that will pierce, lead on to the passion and to Easter. The scriptures and the liturgy of the Christmas season have several pointers to the suffering of the Lord, but none more potent than the words of Simeon.

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