Tomorrow marks the Feast of the Presentation, or Candlemas, which is also the 40th day after Christmas. Christmastide comes to an end and gives way to Lent which begins in just a few weeks. This feast marks several events - the presentation of the Christ Child, the purification of Mary, and the prophecies of Simeon. For this reason, the feast is seen as being somewhat bittersweet. Tomorrow we are invited to bring candles to church to be blessed so we can use them at home during prayer throughout the year. It is also when we hear the Nunc Dimitis, the Gospel Canticle of Simeon that is prayed nightly at Compline.
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
You have prepared in the sight of every people,
A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.