2 February is the festival celebrated as The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, otherwise known as Candlemas.
At St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, the service included blessing of the candles. The choir performed a great selection of music, with Director of Music Frikki Walker, accompanied by Assistant Organist Geoff Woollatt.
- Communion Service in E (Darke)
- Hymn – Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Ratisbon)
- Old Testament Lesson – Malachi 3: 1-4
- Psalm 24: Ye gates, lift up your heads on high (St George’s; Edinburgh) from The Scottish Psalter 1929
- Epistle – Hebrews 2: 14-18
- Hymm – When Mary brought her treasure (Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen)
- Gospel – Luke 2: 22-40; with Nunc Dimittis of Collegium Regale (Howells)
- Hymn – Of the Father’s love begotten (from Pias Cantiones)
- Communion Hymn – Sing Lullaby (Basque melody; words by Rev S. Baring-Gould)
- Communion Anthem – When to the Temple Mary Went (Johannes Eccard)
- Hymn – New light has dawned (West Ashton)
- Organ Voluntary – Fiat Lux (Theodore Dubois)
Of particular note during this service was the singing of the Nunc Dimittis during the gospel. This section of Luke’s gospel describes the presentation of Christ in the Temple to Simeon. Following presentation, Simeon praises God using the words known as the Nunc Dimittis. Father Chuks read the gospel up to this point, followed by the words of praise being sung by the choir, using the setting by Herbert Howells. Then Fr Chuks completed the reading, including the narrative of Anna also praising God and speaking about Christ. The Gospel concluded with the Gloria from Herbert Howells Collegium Regale setting of the Nunc Dimittis.
After the Gospel, Father Kelvin gave a brief homily on the festival and then blessed the candles around the Nave Altar, amongst which were the crib figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus.