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30th January 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 30 January 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone




The date of Candlemas is established by the date set for the Nativity of Jesus, for it comes forty days afterwards. Under Mosaic law as found in the Torah, a mother who had given birth to a boy was considered unclean for seven days; moreover she was to remain for three and thirty days "in the blood of her purification." Candlemas therefore corresponds to the day on which Mary, according to Jewish law, should have attended a ceremony of ritual purification (Leviticus 12:2–8). The Gospel of Luke 2:22–39 relates that Mary was purified according to the religious law, followed by Jesus' presentation in the Jerusalem temple, and this explains the formal names given to the festival, as well as its falling 40 days after the Nativity.

In the Roman Catholic Church, the day is known as the "Presentation of the Lord" and as the "Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”  In the Eastern Orthodox Church and Greek Catholic Churches, it is known as the "Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple" or as "The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ".

In the churches of the Anglican Communion, it is known by various names, including: The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in The Temple (Candlemas), The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is known as the Presentation of Our Lord in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod observes 2 February as The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord.  "Candlemas" is a northern European name for the festival because there had long been a procession with lighted candles at the mass on this day, reflecting Simeon's proclamation of "a light for revelation to the Gentiles", which, in turn, echoes Isaiah 49:6 in the second of the “servant of the Lord” oracles.


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            426                              426

            Ps24                            118

                        118                              148

542                              527/542

148                              552


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joyce Crowther,


And for the departed:

John Owen, Veronica Cooper, Ken Johnson


Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 4th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

            7pm St Michael’s school governors – Ev & Strat meeting

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee – 11 Farrier Close


SUNDAY SCHOOLcontinues this Sunday in the vestry of St Michael & St Wulfad’s church. Do keep the leaders and children in your prayers and pray for its success


WEDDING FAIRSunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  Margaret Moss and Christine Connolly have a list of help they need over the weekend. Please do whatever you can!

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day


LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information


MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.40. Tickets available from all members