Here's what we're wondering about:
A celebration since around 4AD (!), with the blessing of the candles used throughout the next year, and a procession to honor The Presentation of Our Lord, 40 days after Christmas (February 2).
I wonder what you think about the light of candles,
and the life of Jesus, the "light of the world"?
The Presentation of Our Lord
These Bible verses tell three big stories:
1) Jesus' parents, Mary and Joseph, do what is expected of them as a Jewish family, by bringing their baby to the temple, along with a pair of birds as a sacrifice;
2) the elderly Simeon, who once heard the Holy Spirit make him a promise: he would not die until he had seen the Messiah, Jesus - and on this day, he meets him!
3) the 84-year-old prophet Anna, who lived in the temple, spending all her days and all her nights in worship - she knew Who she saw that day, and proclaimed it to all.