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Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Holy Rosary Church 375 Northeast Clackamas Street Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)

On Candlemas Day, Friday, February 2 at 7 PM, the women of Cantores in Ecclesia will sing Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s Missa in g, Op. 187, for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is perhaps the most ancient of all feasts of the Blessed Virgin, for we find it established at Jerusalem in the fourth century. The words of Simeon’s Canticle Lumen ad revelationem gentium have given rise to the institution of a procession with lighted candles, which symbolize Christ the spiritual light. The prayer of the blessing of candles and the antiphons of the procession make this rite one of the most magnificent of the whole year.

Earlier Event: January 30
Later Event: February 6