January 6, 2008

40 Days in Christmas

Did you know that Christmas does not officially end until The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, February 2, 40 days after the birth of Our Lord?

The Feast is also called, Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) 40 days after giving birth, Mary goes to the Temple to be purified and to "redeem" Jesus per the Old Testament Law of the firstborn. Christmas truly ends as a Season with Candlemas and the beginning of Septuagesima.

Abbot Gabriel, St. Benedict's Abbey, Still River, MA, talked about this in his Homily yesterday. I decided to look it up on-line, I believed him but I know some of you would like to see the official word. I found the most infomation on a traditional Catholic webstie, http://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas1.html. Check it out if you are interested. I know I was.

Merry Christmas!!!!

1 comment:

Rebecca Urban said...

This custom of presenting the baby and a woman presenting herself after childbirth is still practiced by many traditional Catholics. It is called "The Churching of Women." Fisheaters gives a good description of it:

http://www.fisheaters.com/churchingofwomen.html