Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy Candlemas Day! Jesus the Light of The World

Today marks the official end of the Christmas season of the Church with the feast celebrating the presentation of Jesus to the Temple. Celebrated since the fourth century on this feast day we recall Jesus being presented to the Temple and the words of Simeon:
"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
In the 8th Century, Pope Sergius brought candles into the liturgical celebration to signify Jesus being the Light of the World. A simple but effective object lesson that even the unlearned and illiterate could appreciate and take home with them.
In our morning Mass today, our priest started the Mass by blessing candles then processing in with them as is done throughout the world. His homily was about how we now can present Jesus to the world by Him living in us as the new temple of the Holy Spirit. Through us we can let his let shine out to the world.
Once again, I see how valuable it is to our Christian growth to celebrate the feasts of the Church. God gave us the liturgical calendar to continuously reinforce the actions of grace he has done and continues to do in our lives.
Go tell someone today(by your words or your deeds) that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Happy Candlemas Day


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