The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus, and falls on or around 2 February. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is one of the twelve Great Feasts, and is sometimes called Hypapante (lit., ‘Meeting’ in Greek). Other traditional names include Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, and the Meeting of the Lord. In many Western liturgical churches, Vespers (or Compline) on the Feast of the Presentation marks the end of the Epiphany season. In the Church of England, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is a Principal Feast celebrated either on 2 February or on the Sunday between 28 January and 3 February.  In some churches in our diocese, all the candles used for the Church Year are blessed on this day and the throats of the parishioners are blessed using two crossed candles held beneath the throat.

Tomorrow:  February 3rd is the feast in the Latin Rite of St. Blaise the Martyr, a saint often associated with the blessing of throats. For more about St. Blaise visit this link