February 2nd is exactly 40 days after the birth of Jesus Christ and it is on this day that Mary along with Joseph brought forth their newborn son, Jesus, to the Temple. Mary was cleansed on this day. Jesus was presented to the Lord in the Temple on this day. During this time, an elderly holy man named Simeon was staying in Jerusalem. Simeon was told by the Holy Spirit that his death would not come until he saw the Messiah. When Simeon held the baby Jesus, he knew that Jesus had come for the salvation of all. Simeon stated that Jesus was “A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people of Israel.”
The light was the inspiration for the celebration with candles. It was and still remains to this day, a Christian celebration of the purification of Mary and the first appearance of Jesus in the Temple.
During the early years, people would place their candles outside the church in order to be blessed. They would then carry them in a procession to church in order to imitate the appearance of Jesus in the Temple.
Making candle holders
With electric tealites inside
Rev. Chris Wragg
01708 446571 / 07714507147
Squirrels Heath, All Saints (Ardleigh Green)
Ardleigh Green Rd, Hornchurch Essex. UK RM11 2LU
Our Sunday services are a mix of Family Communion, Parish Communion, Family Parade and an informal Cafe Service. All held at 10.30am. We have separate Children's Groups during most Services. Enjoy a tea or coffee and a chat after the services.
Every Sunday @ 8:30am Holy Communion (Informal said service with sermon)