A blessed feast of the Presentation, also called Candlemas, celebrating the dedication of the child Jesus in the Temple, the purification of Our Lady after her childbirth, and the beginning of Christ’s mission as a light unto the Gentiles, the salvation of the whole human race. For some musical devotion, I would highly recommend two cantatas written by Bach, Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin and Ich habe genug, both composed to celebrate the feast.  The Lutherans, after their divergence from Catholicism, kept a strong devotion to Our Lady, and Bach himself composed much in honour of the Mother

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