February 2: Our Lady of Candles
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is referred to as the “Purification of Mary.” This is known as a “Christmas feast” since it points back to the Solemnity of Christmas. Many Catholics practice the tradition of keeping out the Nativity creche or other Christmas decorations until this feast.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF CANDLES
Lord Jesus, You are the light of the world; we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day.
Help us to love You, and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You.
As I light this candle, let it always remind me that You are our Light in darkness, and our Protector in danger our saving Lord at all times.
Our Lady of Candles, give me a mother’s protection
for I need your watchful care.
Comfort me in my discouragements, solace me in my fatigues, raise me after my falls, reward me for my successes.
Our Lady of Candles, bearer of Jesus, the Light of the world, please obtain for me this favor… (silently mention your petition here).
I shall always rely on your help, to be what Jesus wants me to be.
I am His; I am yours, my good Mother. Amen.
THREE DAYS OF PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF CANDLES
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