Feast of the Purification: February 2, 2019

Every year for the Feast of Our Lady’s Purification, OLGS keeps the tradition of the blessing of candles before the Mass. The celebrant, Fr. Lillard, blessed the candles to be used throughout the year, and then distributed small candles to be held by the seminarians in a brief procession around the chapel and during certain parts of the Mass. Among other things, the lit candles are a reminder of the Canticle that Simeon proclaimed in the feast’s Gospel, saying that Our Lord is a “light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of Israel.”