The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord 2010

Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 02/02/2010

Every February 2nd we celebrate Groundhog Day.

However on this day we also observe the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord.

Let us take closer look as to why the Church catholic has been observing the latter of these two festival days for over 1,700 years.

Every time we take Holy Communion, we sing the following words in the so-called Nunc Dimittis. In fact, we sing this song so often that we might just forget the context in which these words were spoken.
“O Lord, now let your servant depart in heav‘nly peace,
For I have seen the glory of your redeeming grace:
A light to lead the Gentiles unto Your holy hill,
The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.”
If you look at the last few lines of the Gospel lesson for today, you will find that they virtually identical to the Nunc Dimittis.

Why do we celebrate this festival? There are two reasons:

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