Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celebrating Candlemas

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):
*A pair of turtledoves

representing the loving arms of
Simeon as he held the Christ Child
and said, "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace,
according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation." Luke 2:29-30
*Cubes of Cheese and Grape Tomatoes
skewered with cocktail swords
representing these words spoken by Simeon as moved by the Holy Spirit,
"Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted,
and you yourself a sword will pierce,
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:34-35
*Strawberries with Whipped Cream
representing Mary's pure heart.

*Sugar and Milk
both white representing
the purity and righteousness
of Mary and Joseph
which is associated with
purity and purification
*Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
representing Anna, the widow
who worships in the temple day and night,
the black outer shell shows that she is a widow
but inside you will see the purity of her devout heart.
*And, of course, the Edible Candles
representing Simeon's words,
"A light to lighten the gentiles and the glory of your people, Israel" Luke 2:32

It was a lovely and memorable experience for all of us - one we will truly treasure!

No comments:

Post a Comment