Sunday, 3 February 2008

Two feastdays this week. (There will be a short theology exam at the end of the year)!

February 2nd

The Presentation of the Lord

"This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign which men will refuse to acknowledge, so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed". Luke 2:34-35

Also known as Candlemas Day, so called because in the Catholic and Anglican churches, it is the day when all the candles to be used during the year are blessed. (Except at my church, where the priest forgot, so we are completely changing the Christian calendar and having it on another day instead. When he remembers).

February 3rd

Feast of St. Blaise and the Blessing of Throats

Before she went to school I always took the Foootball Fanatic to Mass on this day (see post above) and we always had the Blessing of Throats:

"May God at the intercession of St. Blaise preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil.

She's never had any trouble with her throat and neither have I!


Jennie said...

After years of tonsillitis now you tell me there is a blessing of the throat!

Lisa said...

Blessing of throats? Interesting...

Amrita said...

we don 't follow the liturgical calender, but the blessing of throats seem to be pretty useful

i read the Feb 6th is Ash Wed.
do you celebrate it?

Misslionheart♥ said...

At mass last night, the priest also mentioned the blessing of throats, which is ironic, because I've recently been diagnosed with a thyroid condition which has brought about a goitre'. Looks like I have a large Adams apple beside my Adams apple!

I'll be having it removed in the next couple of months, thank God. At least I wont look like a bloody transexual anymore!

Journey of Truth said...

Our priest forgot the candle blessing, the throat blessing and the blessing of the Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts today as well. Bloody hell! Do you suppose he'd bless all that mess at Daily Mass?

Esther said...

Lovely blog. BTW, thanks so much for sharing the link for the Lourdes prayer!