Monday, February 02, 2009

February 2nd: Let's Go Back to Calling It "Candlemas"!

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
Secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord,
in peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes hath seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations [hence the traditional blessing of candles on this day, which gave us the name "Candlemas"]
And the glory of Thy people Israel.

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