Candlemas & Crepes
Saturday, February 1
The celebration of Candlemas on the 40th day of the Christmas/Epiphany season, originated in the late fifth century as a day of light and hope. The name was derived from Luke 2:22-40, where Simeon declares Jesus “a light of revelation” to the nations. In Christian communities, Candlemas continues as a day of purification, renewal, and hope. Often local churches hand out candles, or people bring their own, to be blessed. In some parts of Europe, such as France, people prepare and cook crepes to celebrate Candlemas.
On February 1, 5:00pm, you are invited to our Candlemas and Crepes Celebration in the Retreat House. In this simple service of light and blessing, the candles to be used this year at Pathways Retreat will be blessed. Following the service, we will celebrate with homemade crepes. You are welcome to bring your own candles for blessing as well.
Our bright shining candles are a sign of divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows…to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of eternal light.
Sophronius, Sermon for Candlemas, AD 638