The Presentation of the Lord among Western Christians (02/02)

The Presentation of the Lord is a Christian holiday celebrated in Catholicism, Orthodoxy and some Protestant denominations, including Lutheranism. The holiday was established in memory of a significant event for Christians - the meeting (Slavonic meeting) in the Jerusalem Temple of the Infant Jesus with the righteous elder Simeon.

The bringing of the baby Jesus Christ to the Temple in Jerusalem by his parents took place on the 40th day after Christmas and on the 32nd day after Circumcision. Therefore, the Catholic Church celebrates it on February 2.

Candlemas in the Roman Catholic Church is the feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, dedicated to the memory of the bringing of the baby Jesus to the temple and the cleansing ceremony performed by his mother on the fortieth day after the birth of her first child.