“Immaculate Lady of the Presentation, You who neither upon presenting yourself in the temple nor at any time thereafter invoked your condition as Mother of God, demonstrating the importance and value of humility, let us put aside everlasting self-concern and based on your example may we grow in appreciation of humility. Amen.”
Reflection: “When Mary, the virgin, the most spiritual being of Yahweh, sings her praises to God who will free those who are humble and poor there appears to be a political dimension to her words: The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent away empty. Mary also proclaims words that today might be considered words of insurrection: He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. This is the political dimension of our faith, a faith that was lived by Mary and also lived by Jesus.”
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.