MADISON, WI – 2 Feb – CANDLEMAS – Pontifical Mass at the Throne

Presentation-of-the-LordOn 2 February – Candlemas – in Madison, WI, His Excellency Most Rev. Bishop Robert C. Morlino (the Extraordinary Ordinary) will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne.

The Mass will begin at 7 pm at the Bishop O’Connor Center.

Bishop Morlino will bless candles brought by parishes and people before Mass.  All are invited.

Candles are symbols of sacrifices.  They are like living things.  They eat and drink the wax from the bees, which reminds us that sacrifice can also be sweet, not just bitter. Candles breathe air.  They move in their flames as they flicker.  They communicate to our eyes a beautiful.  They die at the end of their span.  They are consumed for the Lord in all our liturgical rites.  So should we be.  Using candles during important times is a wholesome Catholic practice.

UPDATE 2 Feb evening:

Here is a shot from the Mass tonight.





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  1. JARay says:

    Now I am one of those who grew up with everything in Latin. I deeply regret its loss. We, in England had the tradition of following the Mass of Candlemas with the blessing of throats on the next day on the feast of St. Blaize. For those who know nothing about this, the priest, using two of the candles which had been blessed the day before, placed these two candles crossed over each other and tied with a red ribbon (St. Blaize was a Bishop, Martyr), and invoking his intercession, blessed the throat of each person.
    So far as I know, that tradition has simply flown out of the window.
    Another loss to those who value tradition.

  2. samgr says:

    We had our throats blessed this morning at the oldest parish in N.J. A lady extraordinary minister of Holy Communion did the job for me.

  3. Sconnius says:

    St. Blaise’s feast was one my dad’s favorites, and he made sure we always went to Mass that day. It got us out of school, and we didn’t have to get up as early for chores (since school usually started 30 minutes before Mass)

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