Take that, Punxsutawney Phil!

Since when did the joyous feast of Candlemas get hijacked by an overgrown rodent? Candlemas has long been a checkpoint for weather prognostication, without the assistance of some mammalian front squirrel:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,     Winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day bring cloud and rain,     Winter’s gone and won’t come . . . → Read More: Take that, Punxsutawney Phil!

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Also known as “The Purification of the Blessed Virgin”, or “Candlemas” (from the tradition of blessing the year’s supply of candles on this feast.

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only—begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented . . . → Read More: The Presentation of Christ in the Temple