2 Samuel 22: 29 “He turns my darkness into light.”
Candlemass, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The date of February 2nd places the Candelaria celebration forty days after Christmas and continues the religious cycle that leads up to Easter Sunday. During Candelaria, candles are blessed, lit, and borne in a procession in celebration to Jesus being the light of the world.
The College of St. John – Roxas celebrates this First Community Mass at the Pope John Paul II Mission Station which is located just near the institution. Both the students and teachers brought their own candles to be blessed by the parish priest, Fr. John Alston Azarcon. As Fr. John does the blessing, the congregation lit their candles and sung “Christ be Our Light”. The angelic voices of the pupils and students added to the solemnity of the heartfelt mass.
Let Christ continue to be our light shining in our hearts and shining through the darkness. Fr. John also taught us how to become a light to others by not wasting our time, being careful with our words and respecting one another. For the Church, Candelaria remains a day of hope and light. It is a time to honor the Lord as the Light of the World and to remind us that we too have that light within us.
Photo Source: Marny Oducado and Marco Vela