Today was the feast of the Meeting of the Lord (or the Presentation of Christ in the Temple), known in the West as Candlemas*.

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 enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel. [Luke 2:29-32]

Icon in the collection of St. Catherine of Sinai Monastery

*Why do we bless candles on this feast? Read why in this short sermon of St. Sophronius of Jerusalem.

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