Month: February 2014

Our Lady of Lourdes

A special  Feast for me, the  celebration of  Our Lady of  Lourdes. Thinking today of  my old Latin teacher who  told me about  Lourdes and  Bernadette  back in 1971 or so. That clear-eyed faith in  the miraculous in such a rational and intelligent woman.







Sunday, Feast of the Presentation.


Images  all over my  news feed of Pope Francis blessing a parrot belonging to a porn star. What media does to public figures in a celebrity tabloid culture. Whatever can be profaned —


Lighting a candle to place on a dark windowsill before dawn. Many Christians believe that Jesus’ mother Mary presented him to God at the Temple in Jerusalem after observing the traditional 40-day period of purification (of mothers) following his birth. It is also known as the  Purification of the Blessed Virgin (Greek Hypapante). According to a New Testament gospel, a Jewish man named Simeon held the baby in his arms and said that he would be a light for the Gentiles (Luke 2:32). It is for this reason that this event is called Candlemas.


Luke 2:22-24
And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:


Nunc Dimittis


Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord,
In peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes hath seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations
And the glory of Thy people Israel.

Latin Version: Nunc Dimittis
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
Secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.