Candlemas - a day set apart on the liturgical calendar to recognize the presentation of our Lord in the temple. The day is referred to as Candlemas because, in the Catholic church, candles are blessed on this day to serve as a reminder the words of Simeon who called the babe in his arms "A light to lighten the gentiles and the glory of your people, Israel." Luke 2:32
For our recognition of this day I was truly inspired by the liturgical teas over at Cottage Blessings. The author of this blog, Alice Gunther, has a special way of making the scripture come to life in a truly memorable fashion. I am certain that you will be inspired by her ideas as well. I followed her tea ideas very closely.
We started our day making these edible candles. They were so easy to make and looked quite striking on our table.
We had our tea by candlelight. Bishop picked miscellaneous candles from my stash (most of them remains from advent) and we lined the buffet table with them. They created quite a glow and set a reverent tone.
The tea involved reading Luke 2:22-40 and presenting foods and such that are symbolic of significant people and elements found within the scripture. This included (remember: Alice gets all credit for these ideas):
*Strawberries with Whipped Cream
*And, of course, the Edible Candles