This is one of the three principal blessings observed by the Church during the year; the other two are the Blessing of the Ashes, and the Blessing of the Palms.
Saint Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury [Enarrations on St. Luke], speaking on the mystery, bids us consider three things in the blest Candle: the Wax, the Wick, and the Flame. The Wax, he says, which is the production of the virginal bee, is the Flesh of our Lord; the Wick, which is within, is his Soul; the Flame, which burns on the top, is his Divinity.
|The Candles in preparation for the blessing|
|Distribution of Candles . . .|
|. . . to all the faithful, young and old.|
|A short procession outside the chapel. . .|
|. . . representing the Holy Family|
|There were seventeen children below the age of ten|
(Correction to previous figures. Apologies.)
|The real presence of Our Lord presented during the Mass|
at the Elevation to the Most High God
"We must hold this as a principle of our spiritual life - that the Mysteries brought before us, feast after feast, are intended to work in us the destruction of the old, and the creation of the new, man." Dom Gueranger