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Candlemas

February 2, 2011

At the Blessing of the Candles

Celebrant. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who didst create all things out of nothing, and by the labour of bees at thy command hast brought this fluid to the perfection of wax; and who, on this day, didst fulfil the desire of righteous Simeon; we humbly beseech thee, that by the invocation of thy Holy Name, and at the intercession of Our Lady Saint Mary, whose festival we this day most devoutly celebrate, and at the prayers of all thy saints, thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and sanctify these candles, fashioned for the service of thy people, and for the good of their souls and bodies, whether on land or water; and mercifully hear from the sat of thy Majesty, the voice of this thy people, who desire reverently to bear them in their hands, and to praise and exalt thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Celebrant. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.
Celebrant. Lift up your hearts.
People. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Celebrant. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
People. It is meet and right so to do.

IT IS very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God, Fount and Source of all light, who hast enlightened the world with the beams of thy brightness by sending the Only Begotten Son to us, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, whom long before thou hast promised by the mouth of the prophets, thou hast sent in these last days a light to the people which sat in darkness.

We therefore pray thee, O Lord, vouchsafe to bless with thy benediction these candles prepared for thy name, who has brought us from the power of darkness into the light and kingdom of thy dear Son; and who hast fulfilled the desire of just Simeon that he should not see death before he had beheld with his eyes the incarnation of the same Christ, thy son, the light and salvation of the whole world; so fill us with the brightness of thy light that all dark clouds of unbelief may be driven away; and as on this day thou didst let thy servant depart in peace, even so vouchsafe to guide us in the peace of thy Holy Church, that we may enter the haven of eternal rest; and in the last day we, in company with the hymning bands of angels, may attain with joy unto the vision of the face of the Sun which never faileth. Who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, God, world without end. Amen.

The candles are sprinkled with holy water and censed.

Celebrant. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.
Celebrant. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who sent into the world thy Word, Jesus Christ, before the worlds, but in due time incarnate of the Virgin Mary, to be the true and unfailing light to dispel the darkness and to kindle the light of faith and truth, mercifully grant that,as we are outwardly enlightened by this natural light, so thy spiritual rays may inwardly shine upon us. Through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

The ministers distribute candles to the people at their places. The people receive the light from the servers.

Antiphon: Lumen ad revelationem (Mode VIII)
Lumen ad revelationem gentium: et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. Canticum: Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace. Quia vederunt oculi mei salutare tuum. Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

[To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Canticle: Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy world. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (St. Luke 2)]

Antiphon: Exsurge Domine (Mode II)
Exsurge Domine, adjuva nos, et libera nos propter nomen tuum. V. Deus auribus nostris audivimus: patres nostri annuntiaverunt nobis. V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

[O Lord, arise, help us: and deliver us for thy Name’s sake. V. We have heard with our ears, O God: our fathers have told us. V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Psalm 44)]

At the Procession.

Celebrant. Let us go forth in peace.
People. In the Name of Christ. Amen.

All carry lighted candles in procession.

Following the procession, the service continues with the Introit, Collect for Purity, and Summary of the Law.

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