Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Images of light continue into the season following the Epiphany and Christ’s glory as the Son of God continues to be revealed – in images at baptism, the calling of disciples, Jesus’ teaching, miracles, healing, and the Transfiguration.
The season after the Epiphany varies in length each year, as it continues from the Epiphany, January 6, until the day before Ash Wednesday (this year on February 14). In the Episcopal Church, the liturgical colors are white for Epiphany and the Sunday following, which is designated as the Baptism of Our Lord, and green for the remainder, except for a few weekday feasts.
One of the feast days during this season is the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, on February 2, which is the 40th day of the combined Christmas-Epiphany observance. Many know this as “Candlemas” and there is a long tradition of blessing candles on this date, for use in churches and homes throughout the year. The feast of the Presentation has been observed since at least the 4th century, with customs surrounding it developing over time. Some recognize this as the date to remove all Christmas greens and decor, while others mark the occasion with festive meals and sweets, and candle processions, luminaries, or bonfires to light up the night.
To assist our observance of holy days, the commemoration of saints, and lesser feasts and fasts, Forward Movement offers three liturgical calendars, as well as daily meditations and a variety of devotional resources.