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Beltane

Beltane  

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An ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, marked by bonfires being kindled on the hills. Beltane was also traditionally one of the quarter-days in Scotland, the others being Hallowmas, ...
candle

candle  

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Candles of wax or tallow took the place of lamps used in various Jewish rituals such as the Sabbath lights; in the Havdalah ceremony; and the Hanukkah lights. A synagogue had to be well lit and pious ...
Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations  

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Decorating houses and churches with evergreens is an old custom; London streets were decorated too, in John Stow's time (Stow, 1598 (1602): 123). Churchwardens' accounts throughout the 16th century ...
Hypapante

Hypapante  

The name used in the E. Church for the feast of Candlemas.
Memoriale Rituum

Memoriale Rituum  

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An obsolete liturgical book containing rites for Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, and the last three days of Holy Week in the shortened form previously used in smaller RC parish churches.
midwinter

midwinter  

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The middle part of winter, the winter solstice.
mitre

mitre  

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The liturgical head-dress and part of the insignia of a bishop. In the E. Church it takes the form of a crown, decorated with medallions in enamel or embroidery. In the W. Church it is shield-shaped, ...
Nunc Dimittis

Nunc Dimittis  

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The first words in Latin of the canticle based on Simeon's words (Luke 2: 29–32) in praise of having seen the beginning of the deliverance of his people and the salvation of the Gentiles. These ...
Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Presentation of Christ in the Temple  

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In the BCP an alternative name for the feast of the Purification of the BVM or Candlemas (2 Feb.). It is the sole title in CW and some other modern Anglican liturgies.
Presentation of the Lord

Presentation of the Lord  

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The title given in the RC Church since 1969 to the feast of Candlemas.
Purification of the BVM

Purification of the BVM  

The purification of the Virgin Mary after the birth of Jesus, culminating in her presentation of Jesus in the temple; the feast (2 February, also called Candlemas) commemorating this.

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