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The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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    This great solemnity, which closes the holy season of Christmas, has been established in commemoration of the two last mysteries of our Saviour's Birth and Infancy.

    The most pure and beautiful Virgin, in obedience to the law, presented the child Jesus in the temple, offering a couple of turtle-doves for her purification, and five sicles as a ransom for her first-born, Jesus. On this day is fulfilled the prophecy of Aggeus concerning the Messiah, Agg. ii. 8: "Yet one little while . . . and I will move all nations: and the Desired of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory." This day St. Simeon and holy Anna, full of the Holy Ghost, recognise our Lord and welcome Him into the temple, as the Salvation, the Light, and the Peace of the world.

    Wax candles are solemnly blessed on this day, in commemoration of our Lord, whom they represent as the Light of the world: "Three things," says St. Anselm of Canterbury, "may be considered in the blest candle: the wax, which is the production of the virginal bee, is the Flesh of our Lord; the wick, which is within, is His Soul; the flame, which burns on the top, is His Divinity." These blest candles are to be carried in procession, in remembrance of that wondrous procession made in the temple by our Lady, St. Joseph, St. Simeon, and holy Anna. They should also be kept, to be used by the faithful either on land or sea, and especially to be lit near the bed of a dying Christian, as a symbol of the immortality merited for us by Christ, and as a pledge of the protection of our Lady.

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    Candlemas Day





    A Prayer to Mary, Queen of Heaven and our Advocate

    "Mary is that woman by whom hell is overcome, the devil trodden upon, man saved."--St. Anselm.



    Hail, Queen of Heaven, the ocean star,
     Guide of the wand'rer here below!
     Thrown on life's surge we claim thy care,
     Save us from peril and from woe.
     Mother of Christ, Star of the Sea,
     Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.
     Sojourners in this vale of tears,
     To thee, blest advocate, we cry;
     Pity our sorrows, calm our fears,
     And soothe with hope our misery.
     Refuge in grief, Star of the Sea,
     Pray for the mourner, pray for me.
     
    O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
     We sinners make our prayers through thee;
     Remind thy Son that He has paid
     The price of our iniquity.
     Virgin most pure, Star of the Sea,
     Pray for the sinner, pray for me.
     And while to Him who reigns above,
     In Godhead One, in Persons Three,
     The source of life, of grace, of love,
     Homage we pay on bended knee;
     Do thou, bright Queen, Star of the Sea,
     Pray for thy children, pray for me.



     

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