AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF ST. PETER'S MOTHERS' UNION.
Having had discussions with the MU committee and other members of the Branch, regrettably it has been decided to cancel monthly meetings for the foreseeable future. You will be kept informed of any changes or future developments concerning Mothers' Union.
I hope that you are all keeping well in these uncertain times, and I am always at the end of a phone if you want a chat.
In the meantime, take care and keep safe.
Enrolling member: Vacant
Secretary: Mrs K Sowerbutts 247129
MU Magazine Notes February 2021
A rather belated Happy New Year to you all.Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year than last and that we will be worshipping at St.Peter’s in the ways we know. I know it is a while ago but I do hope you were able to have a good Christmas in spite of restrictions place upon us.
CANDLEMAS 2nd February
This ancient festival marks the mid point of winter,half way between the shortest day in December and the Spring equinox.It is a traditional Christian festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of her son Jesus.On this day Christians remember the presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple.Forty days after the birth of a Jewish boy,it was the custom to take him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God by his thankful parents.In pre-Christian times this day was known as the ‘Feast of lights’ and celebrated the increase in strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring.
How did the 2nd February come to be called Candlemas?-It was the day of the year when all the candles that would be used in church in the coming year,were brought into church and blessed,so it became the ‘Festival Day’ (or ‘Mass’) of the candles.Candles are a reminder of something important.Before Jesus was born,it was as if all were in darkness,feeling lost and lonely and afraid.Then Jesus came with the message that he is with us always and ready to help and comfort us.-a guiding light in the darkness.Christians often talk of Jesus as “the light of the world” and candles are lit in services to remind us of this.
There are two other names for Candlemas-The presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification:-
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
Winter will have another fight. The half of the winter’s to come and mair;
If Candlemas day brings cloud and rain If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
Winter won’t come again. The half o the winter’s gane at Yule.
You may already know these facts but I thought appropriate for our February notes!!!As I write my notes we have had SNOW (4 days after Christmas) and pretty cold.I will include details of our ZOOM AGM in the March magazine.I managed to connect with a ZOOM Christmas meet up on December 10th.Good to see around 15 members.
With my Best Wishes and God’s Blessings Judith