Thursday, February 2, 2012

Candlemas 2012

The Presentation of Christ at the Temple by Hans Holbein the Elder
I got a kick out of Sword & Dorkery's post today, as if there were a group of hardcore liturgical campaigners for the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, AKA The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary AKA The Meeting of our Lord with the Prophets Simeon and Anna or CANDLEMAS out there to put down that blasted meteorological rodent once and for all!  Man, if there were, that'd be the culture war for me to join!  I hope we'd use spiked thuribles and aspergiliums:  Take that, you buck-toothed varmits!  WHACK!

On a personal note, this has been one of those days in my life were big things have happened coincidentally over the years: both tragic and joyful, so it remains a particular observance for me and for Mrs. Obscure.  A Clerk in Oxford has had several recent blog posts that I recommend to increase your medieval knowledge or to simply enjoy the beauties of the day. 

Best wishes for bright days ahead,


  1. for me it's the feast of Bride/Persephone, but I'm right there with you on the rodent-dissing thing. Bite me, Punx.

  2. I can't believe no one has called out the High Priest's level...

  3. I've been surprised by how meaningful Candlemas has felt to me this year - much more so than in previous years, and I don't quite understand why! I hope it heralds bright things to come for you.