Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
* Also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas.
“The Presentation of Our Lord” and “The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary” refer to events recounted in the Gospel for the day (Luke 2:22-40). “Candlemas” refers to a ceremony, peculiar to the day, which has been part of the practice of the Church since the seventh century, when candles were blessed at the Masses of the day and then carried in procession to commemorate the entry of Christ, the Light of the World, into the Temple at Jerusalem.