Love is blind … Monday, June 17

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Joyful Mystery, the Presentation in the Temple. In looking for a papal quote concerning the Presentation I found the following, and I liked it so much I thought I’d share it here. …

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany (January 6), the observance of Christ’s birth, and the gala procession in honor of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later—February 15. (Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually “unclean” for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.” Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship.) This feast emphasizes Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification.

The observance spread throughout the Western Church in the fifth and sixth centuries. Because the Church in the West celebrated Jesus’ birth on December 25, the Presentation was moved to February 2, 40 days after Christmas.

At the beginning of the eighth century, Pope Sergius inaugurated a candlelight procession; at the end of the same century the blessing and distribution of candles which continues to this day became part of the celebration, giving the feast its popular name: Candlemas.

Today …

St. Harvey

St. Harvey

Patron of the blind; bards; musicians; invoked against eye problems, eye disease; invoked to cure sick horses. St. Harvey was blind, but became abbot of Plouvien; later he transferred his community to Lanhourneau, where he passed the rest of his days and was famous for miracles. Sixth Century.  His feast day is June 17th.For what it’s worth? I think it altogether suitable that someone blind be the patron of poets and musicians. So much of music and poetry is concerned with love and love is blind.

Quote … “We make Idols of our concepts, but Wisdom is born of wonder” ― Pope Gregory I

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