Candlemas
noun Etymology: Middle English candelmasse, from Old English candelmæsse, from candel + mæsse mass, feast; from the candles blessed and carried in celebration of the feast Date: before 12th century February 2 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary

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  • Candlemas — • Also called: Purification of the Blessed Virgin, Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Candlemas     Candlemas      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Candlemas — [kan′dəlməs] n. [ME candelmasse < OE candelmæsse: see CANDLE & MASS1] a church feast, Feb. 2, commemorating the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles for sacred uses are blessed on this day: also Candlemas Day …   English World dictionary

  • Candlemas — Can dle*mas, n. [AS. candelm[ae]sse, candel candle + m[ae]sse mass.] The second day of February, on which is celebrated the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary; so called because the candles for the altar or other sacred uses are blessed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Candlemas — See quarter day. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • Candlemas — ► NOUN ▪ a Christian festival held on 2 February to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary (after childbirth, according to Jewish law) and the presentation of Christ in the Temple …   English terms dictionary

  • Candlemas — see if Candlemas day be sunny and bright, winter will have another flight; if Candlemas day be cloudy with rain, winter is gone, and won’t come again Candlemas day, put beans in the clay; put candles and candle sticks away …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Candlemas — /kan dl meuhs, mas /, n. a church festival, February 2, in honor of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles are blessed on this day. Also called Candlemas Day. [bef. 1050; ME candelmasse …   Universalium

  • Candlemas — (2 February)    This is the English name for a religious festival, the last of the Christmas cycle, which celebrates the Purification (i.e. the *churching) of the Virgin Mary 40 days after the birth of Jesus, in accordance with Jewish custom. It… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Candlemas — noun /ˈkæn.dəl.məs/ a) The festival in the Christian year that commemorates the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple February 2nd in the western Christian church and February 15th in the …   Wiktionary

  • Candlemas — 2 February. This Church feast celebrates the purification of Mary and also Christ s presentation in the Temple. At the Temple, Simeon, after a revelation, lifted up the child, calling him a light to lighten the gentiles . Candles are blessed… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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