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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple: Candlemas

Forty days ago we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now we recall the day on which he was presented in the Temple, when he was offered to the Father and shown to his people. In their old age Simeon and Anna recognized him as their Lord. Today we celebrate his coming and look forward to the days of his passion. Let us pray we may know and share the light of Christ.


Lord Jesus Christ,

light of the nations and glory of Israel:

make your home among us,

and present us pure and holy

to your heavenly Father,

your God, and our God. Amen


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