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February 2, 2021 – Purification of Mary

Joe talked about the beautiful traditional feast of the Purification of Mary, also known as Candlemas. He also explained the forgotten tradition of “Churching” (in imitation of Our Lady’s Purification), whereby a thanksgiving of the mother to God is given during this ritual. Here a new mother obtains a special blessing and receives graces to raise their child in a manner pleasing to God. It is also common to seek a special patron for their child during this ceremony (i.e. Our Lady, St. Anthony of Padua, etc.)