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Saturday, February 1, 2014

FROM TRINITY CATHEDRAL/MIAMI, TEC/ANGLICAN COMMUNION: "Candlemas." It is a feast that dates from the sixth century, recalling the event of Mary and Joseph bringing the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.



Dear Friends,

Of all the titles for this coming Sunday, both sacred and secular, perhaps the least well known is "Candlemas." It is a feast that dates from the sixth century, recalling the event of Mary and Joseph bringing the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. Many customs surround the festival in both the Eastern and Western Church, including the blessing of candles for use in the church or at home. It is a reminder that Christ is "a light to lighten the Gentiles," and certainly in ancient cultures when winter was a long and dark season, this was a truth that was made abundantly clear.
Another, less known practice, is that this is one of the two traditional days for taking down Christmas decorations! (The other being The Epiphany, January 6, the Twelfth Day of Christmas.)  Let me tell you, off the bat, that this year, I intend to follow this custom. Maybe I've had too much to do, or I've been too lazy, or I simply didn't want to let go of all of those nostalgic signs and symbols that remind us of the Nativity. Whatever it is, the crèches and ornaments and candles and lights are still there...and this weekend, they will all be packed up.
It's hard sometimes to put things away. We get attached to them; they comfort us, cheer us, and encourage us. They give us confidence and predictability, and when we live without them, there's a certain unbalancing. But by God's grace, we are able to enter a new season with a new hope. Perhaps that's a part of what Candlemas teaches us: that the light which is Christ can shine in our lives through all the changes and challenges we have. So light a candle, say a blessing, and give thanks for all that has been, all that is, and all that will be.
See you in church this Sunday, 
 
The Very Reverend Douglas Wm McCaleb
Dean, Trinity Cathedral, The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida

Thanks to Elizabeth Bell, St. Alban Mission, Antigua, Guatemala



St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA

The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Rector and Primate

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, Associate Minister
St Alban Mission holds services every Sunday at Noon
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