From Candlemas

at CandlemasFrom the Presentation of the Lord, also called Candlemas. Here the priest is saying the Gloria (or the Collect, not sure when I took this). The Collect is a beautiful one:

Almighty ever-living God,
we humbly implore your majesty
that, just as your Only Begotten Son
was presented on this day in the Temple
in the substance of our flesh,
so, by your grace,
we may be presented to you with minds made pure.

Torch So Precious

Baptismal candle, 2013

Paschal candle, 2013

One of the most wonderful things there is: at the Easter Vigil the priest puts these grains of incense into the new Paschal candle, saying:

By his holy
and glorious wounds,
may Christ the Lord
guard us
and protect us. Amen.

Or, in Latin:

Per sua sancta vulnera
et conservet nos
Christus Dominus. Amen.

Happy Easter to all, especially to all new Catholics this day!