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Blessing of the new Acolyte Candles

Blessing of the new Acolyte Candles

Author: Br Nathan-James SSF
Author Role: Chaplain and Director of Mission

The College Chapel's new Acolyte Candles were blessed during the Year 12 Chapel Service on the Feast of the Presentation - 2 February 2021. The Feast of the Presentation celebrates the presentation of the baby Jesus by his parents at the Temple of Jerusalem, as was the religious custom. Simeon, an old man, had been waiting to see the birth of the promised Messiah - when he saw Jesus, he knew the baby to be the fulfilment of that promise. Simeon praised God saying:

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
Your word has been fulfilled:
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

The Feast is also known as Candlemas. Since the 11th century (probably even earlier) candles were blessed, lit, and processed around darkened churches as a commemoration of Jesus' Presentation and the recognition of Jesus as the promised Messiah by Simeon - a light to reveal God to the nations. It was fitting that our Year 12 Chapel was scheduled on 2 February and provided students an opportunity to witness one of the oldest Feasts in the Christian church. 

Our new Acolyte Candles are made from New Guinea rosewood by a local woodturner and were created to fit with the design of our processional cross. The candles will be used in our chapel services and large College liturgical events. Generally, they will be carried by our Primary and Secondary Spiritual Leaders. However, students in Years 7 to 11 will have the opportunity to act as Acolytes during their year level chapels.