Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris
Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris

Candlemas - 2nd February

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The Presentation in the Temple by Gentile da Fabriano (1423), Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris, France

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, usually called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple. This occurred 40 days after the birth of Christ, as prescribed by Jewish law.

 

The name Candlemas comes from the activities associated with the feast. At Saint George's, as with other Anglican Churches, the service starts with a procession with lighted candles. We gather in Saint George's Church Hall with the blessing of candles and the singing of the Nunc Dimittis with the antiphon. Then we process into church with the choir in the lead, followed by the priests, and then the congregatioin. 

 

The Order of Service includes: 

  • First reading         Malachi 3:1-5
  • Psalm 24: 7-10
  • Second reading    Hebrews 2:14-18
  • The Holy Gospel   Luke 2:22-40

First reading. Malachi 3:1-5

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
 

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.
 

So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.

Psalm 24: 7-10

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.


Who is the King of glory : it is the Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle.

 

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.


Who is the King of glory : even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Second reading. Hebrews 2:14-18

Since the children brought to glory by God have flesh and blood, Jesus too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

The Holy Gospel. Luke 2:22-40

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every first-born male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons”.

 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

 

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

 

The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: “This child is destined to cause the rising and falling of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

 

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him. 

Summer Schedule 

Sundays

08:30 - Said Eucharist
10:30 - Sunday Eucharist

Wednesday 

12:00 - Eucharist

Saturday 

12:00 - Eucharist

 

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Address

Saint George's Anglican Church Paris
7 rue Auguste Vacquerie,

75116 Paris

FRANCE

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