The Crib will remain in our church until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Find out more.
Tradition and Custom
The Crib will remain in the church until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, as is the tradition and custom at the Vatican. In this older tradition (which is still kept in the liturgical calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass), Christmas lasts until Candlemas or the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord, which is not until 2nd February. This marked the end of a long 40-day Christmastide that corresponded to the 40 days of Lent.
On 2nd February, the Church celebrates the day that Mary entered the temple with the child Jesus when her days of purification after giving birth were fulfilled, according to the Mosaic law, and when Simeon made his well-known prophecy about Mary and the child. It is historically called “Candle-mas” because of Simeon’s prophecy of Jesus being a light for the Gentiles. Today it is better known as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
The money raised through the Crib Donations are vital for the solvency and running of St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society. This is UK’S only Catholic Adoption Agency. See the poster also in porch for information on Adoption. £215.70 raised so far.