Feast of the Purification of Our Lady … The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – Candlemas

Feast of the Purification of Our Lady … The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple – Candlemas

Editor writes…

In order to pay due tribute to Our Lady on this beautiful Feast, I tried to find the hymn O Purest of Creatures, sung to the tune with which, I believe, most of us in Scotland grew up. YouTube is awash with a very different tune, however, so I’ve had to settle for that one, which is nice, of course, but just not the tune with which I am familiar.  Life is hard. 😀

As always with Feast day threads, discuss any relevant issues, and share favourite hymns, prayers, stories and jokes to enjoy and edify.

Happy Feast everyone!

Comments (18)

  • Catherine Reply

    Happy Feast day everyone.

    February 2, 2023 at 9:28 am
  • Fidelis Reply

    The talk by Dr Pitre is really interesting, I learned a lot. Also the hymn, I know it’s not as dramatic as the traditional tune, but I like it, too.

    Happy Feast CTS bloggers!

    February 2, 2023 at 9:52 am
    • Josephine Reply


      I agree – that short talk about scripture was excellent.

      February 2, 2023 at 12:50 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply

    Don’t forget that today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Good Success. See the new documentary (in three parts) which I put on the recent Our Lady of Good Success thread. Happy Feast Day!

    February 2, 2023 at 10:00 am
    • editor Reply


      Thank you for that reminder. Your three videos can be found over at the OLGS thread near the end dated 1st February, 5.13pm – here’s the link.

      February 2, 2023 at 11:22 am
      • Margaret USA

        These are the full propers for the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (Great Vespers, Festal Matins and Divine Liturgy):


        February 3, 2023 at 3:01 am
    • Michaela Reply


      Thanks for those videos – I see them over on the OLGS thread and I’m looking forward to viewing them.

      February 2, 2023 at 3:56 pm
      • Margaret USA

        Today is our Patronal Feast Day !

        Excerpts from Festal Matins for the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord:

        ODE 5

        Irmos In a vision Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, surrounded by angels, and he cried out: Woe is me! For I have seen in advance the Incarnate One, the Lord of the light that knows no evening, and the King of peace.

        Refrain: Most Holy Mother of God, save us!

        When Simeon the Elder beheld the Word carried in the arms of his Mother, he recognized Him as the Glory revealed to the prophet. He cried out: Rejoice, O holy Lady, for you are the throne who carries God, the Lord of the light that knows no evening, and the King of peace.

        Refrain: Most Holy Mother of God, save us!

        Simeon bent down and reverently touched the footprints of the virgin Mother of God, saying: O pure Lady, I am afraid to hold in my arms the infant God, but you carry Him, the unconsumed Fire, the Lord of the light that knows no evening, and the King of peace.

        Glory… Now…

        Simeon spoke to the Mother of God, saying: One of the Seraphim purified the lips of Isaiah with a burning ember. You fill me with light as you entrust to me, with your hands as with tongs, the One whom you hold, the Lord of the light that knows no evening, and the King of peace.

        February 2, 2023 at 10:34 pm
  • Laura Reply

    Happy Feast of the Purification of Our Lady!

    February 2, 2023 at 10:18 am
  • Josephine Reply

    I think hymn is lovely – happy Feast to one and all at Catholic Truth!

    February 2, 2023 at 12:49 pm
    • Laura Reply


      That’s not a hymn I know but it’s very sweet.

      February 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm
  • Bernie Reply

    Wishing everyone a very happy Feast today.

    February 2, 2023 at 1:52 pm
  • Michaela Reply

    Happy Feast Day to all CTS bloggers!

    February 2, 2023 at 3:56 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Wishing everyone a Happy Feast Day. This is a lovely hymn in honour of Our Lady.


    I agree that Dr Pitre’s talk is interesting.

    February 2, 2023 at 5:54 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      I was looking forward to your hymn choice but that link just leads to a string of videos, none of them religious or about Our Lady. If you post the name of the hymn, we can search it for ourselves, or go to YouTube and put in the name.

      February 2, 2023 at 7:28 pm
      • Theresa Rose


        A pity about the previous link. But, I have found Andrea Bocelli singing Ave Maria which is the one I was looking for. I think this link will work, though am sure many on this blog will have heard this hymn before.

        February 2, 2023 at 8:48 pm
  • Lily Reply

    Happy Feast everyone!

    I found this short video-scene made by Ignatius Press. I think they’ve added a little bit to the dialogue, making Our Lady speak and seem puzzled, but apart from that, it’s a useful meditation for today, IMHO.

    February 2, 2023 at 7:41 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    I am sure many will have listened to the hymn O Sanctissima. The hymn is applied to the scene from the movie Song of Bernadette, where she is at the Grotto in Lourdes for the first time.

    February 2, 2023 at 9:29 pm

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