February 2nd has, for centuries, been celebrated as a Christian Feast Day as the Feast of the Presentation, honoring the day on which the baby Jesus was brought to the Temple in Jerusalem by his parents Mary and Joseph. The name Candlemas refers to the blessing of candles and the processions, traditional elements of the celebration.
Part reflection, part intentional activity, Sybil MacBeth’s new book, The Season of the Nativity, offers readers the opportunity to experience the church seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany as a whole.
The season of Epiphany is a season of beginnings. It starts in January, the month when popular culture invites us to consider changes we want to make in our lives. Many of us who try keeping New Year’s resolutions know how easy it is to lose track of our goals.