The Feast of Candlemas falls on 2nd February, forty days after Christmas. It marks the final event in the gospel account of the infancy of Jesus when, as a first-born male child, he was presented in the Temple at Jerusalem in accordance with the law of Moses, and was recognised by Simeon and Anna as God’s promised bringer of salvation. The name of the feast comes from the tradition of lighting candles, to recall Simeon’s words that Jesus will be “a light to enlighten the nations.” We will be observing this tradition as part of the service in Holy Cross Church, beginning at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 2nd February.