Monday, 28 February 2011

Welsh and Catholic and Humble about it!*

There's a great website I came across some months ago which sells Catholic clothes (T-shirts, hoodies etc.) called Catholics With Attitude.

A few of the designs didn't "float my boat" but then you can't have everything.

I was looking for Christmas presents for my children and noticed they sold Scottish Catholic, English Catholic and Irish Catholic. But guess what?

No Welsh Catholic. Oh woe, woe and thrice woe.

But fear no longer oh vagrant wanderer of the internet! Look! They new have a range with "Welsh Catholic" emblazoned across it!


Just don't go buying one for a Bishop: that isn't the done thing.

On the other hand those of you with children, I'm sure they'll love them (check out their Vatican All Stars design too - I liked that one. They do some nifty Pro-Life shirts too).

And if you are Scottish, Irish or English you have my permission to wear the relevant shirt too. Just remember, it's long sleeves and smart attire for Mass! Let's not have any creeping liberalism... ;-)

*I was going to put proud as the headline, but thought better of it.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Athiest Religion and its Leaps of Faith

Atheism: from self-pride to mass murder
In a conversation this morning with "the missus" on atheism, prompted by some talking head on the radio, she made the sublime intervention:

How can atheists not believe in God?

Very straight and to the point dontcha know.

This got me thinking. And as I replied to " 'er indoors," it's not so much that they don't believe in God that's amazing (though it is, in and of itself, barmy), what's truly astounding is what they do believe in.

Let me cherry pick some of the most pertinent ones (as I can see you're busy!):

  • Evolution. Tell me how the atheist believes something as complex, intricate and awe-inspiring as the human eye (out of thousands of examples) "evolved" from a bit of mud. When they cannot find the "missing link" all these theories are nothing more than a Faith.
  • Conflict. Atheists always say that religion causes war. Before the reformation, England, France and 'Spain' were almost always at war. Nearer to home England invaded Wales, Scotland and Ireland. All these nations were Catholic. After the Reformation we are told that religion had a role in European wars. Northern Ireland is an example. But English involvement in Ireland pre-dates the Reformation. In Europe the Flemish want to be free of Belgium/the Francophile Walloons. Both peoples are Catholic. The huge battle between the Nazis and Soviets was a clash of two atheist ideologies. Very often atheists attach a religious label to wars that are political, national etc.
  • Death and misery. Extreme atheists state that religion brings misery or blind loyalty to evil or oppression (that we accept the wrong things in this world, because we are promised heaven). The Church does not of course (even if lukewarm or ignorant Catholics might) and has condemned the maltreatment of workers, espoused Social Teaching and condemned both atheistic Communism and the kind of individualist Capitalism that saw workers shoved into slums. Needless to add we can say that atheists have brought terror and mass murder ever since the French Revolution and in the 20th Century alone it was atheists that killed probably well over 100 Million people.
  • Abuse. The atheists key card in latter years is the paedophile abuse by priests. This is a genuine reason for Catholics to be ashamed. However, we must remember that this was an extremely small percentage of priests. Furthermore, the change in Church outlook meant that the very liberalism and homosexuality that the atheists want the Church to embrace has in-turn led to priests with those inclinations (once banned in the Church) being accepted in: and we have witnessed the terrible results. Furthermore, the atheists overlook all the awful abuse (mental, physical and sexual) that happens in atheist (e.g. local council run) care homes which has been pretty much endemic. The atheists also overlook the huge charitable bodies run by the Church and by individual Catholics too. Short of a relative handful of abusers, the vast majority of them homosexuals (whose rights the atheists support), the Church is an agency for charity, education and good in society.
  • Women's rights. Many atheists say the Church 'oppresses' women. Of course it isn't just Catholics (or "horrid men") who have problems with much of the feminist agenda and how it seeks to "divide and conquer" the sexes on behalf of militant atheist ideologies. How can a body that gives the Virgin Mary such an esteemed role be accused of being anti-women? The whole idea is preposterous! The key "wymmin's right" is of course abortion. They fail to see the irony that 50% of the killed babies are female! So the feminists promote the mass murder of girls as well as boys. Furthermore, all their excuses (often a mask to abort so people can afford a second car or their annual holiday) smack of the greed they claim to oppose. How can one claim to want to end poverty by killing the poor? One may as well claim to want to 'clean-up' London for the benefit of Londoners by dropping a nuke on the city.
There is much more of course, one thinks of the condom/homosexuality issue where the atheists have accused the Pope of being a "mass murderer" when the statistics show that Catholic countries that do not promote condoms have lower infection and death rates than those that do (abstinence and family life being 100% guarantees of safety - condemns fail regularly so spread both death and disease, especially as they promote promiscuity).

So, let us recount the leaps of faith atheists make in their daily discourse attacking our Faith:

Evolution. With no missing link or evidence.
Conflict. When wars were just as (or more!) common when all sides shared the same faith.
Death and misery. When atheism has caused many millions of deaths and untold hell-on-earth in the guise of Communism or Mammon.
Abuse. When atheist establishments are rife with it, and they promote the homosexuality that caused most of it in the Church.
Women's Rights. When atheists support the mass murder of baby girls.
Condoms. The church's teaching saves lives and prevents infection, it is the condomaniacs who kill millions.
Homosexuality. Of course its promotion has led to abuse of male minors, and the spread of AIDS, the homosexuals being perpetrators and victims of the death-cult.

The more I read on the sound, traditional teaching of the Church (as opposed to what heterodox Sister X or Father Y may preach in opposition to the Church), then the more I realise that the Church is the vehicle for Truth in all respects.

Of course the Church does not promise Heaven on earth, because it knows man's fallen nature makes that nigh on impossible.

The difference is that the Church works with man to make the best of a bad situation, in all ages, as empires, kingdoms and states come and go, having the same Truths yesterday, today and tomorrow as its foundations in all matters. Whereas the atheists sole unifying factor is hatred of Christianity, the Church, and more precisely the Roman Catholic Faith, Church and Magesterium.

The Church fights in all spheres to make the best of bad situations because of man's fallen nature; the atheists on the other hand mock the Church for offering paradise after death, as if that negates all the good work they do to make society, systems and so on better and more conformed to Christianity.

The atheists meanwhile offer heaven-on-earth, whilst all too often merely delivering hell on earth, or at the very best slavery to banks and demagogues.

You don't believe me? The millions of victims of atheistic aggression in the 20th Century scream otherwise, as would the little baby girl (if she still had her voice) pulled apart, burnt and sacrificed on the altar of Mammon in an abortion "clinic"in the last minute- pick the the time and place of the murder at your convenience.

I think it's time Catholics took the "battle" to the enemies of the Church, for they offer nothing but slavery, debauchery, and murder; no matter how "intelligent" and "charming" they make their message appear in this media age.

A land without the Grace of God quickly moves to evil (whether post-Reformation England with its dark Satanic mills, enclosed land and slum housing, or post-Revolution Russia with its collectivism and gulags).

The presence of Christ's Church and the Sacraments (especially the Blessed Sacrament) protects lands from the worst excesses of man's greed and base nature, for as long as the Faith of the people stays strong enough to protect the Church and her Sacraments.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Is Iain Duncan Smith the Best Example of a Catholic Politician?

Is Iain Duncan Smith the archetypal Catholic politician?

He is pro-life, pro-family (typically "right wing") yet very sincere in his belief that social justice is a good thing and the effects of poverty need tackling (typically "left wing").

I have long found right-wing MPs to be pro-banks and don't care about communities, etc. whereas left-wing MPs seem to be screamingly pro-homosexual, pro-abortion etc.

What is a Catholic to do?

I would like the input of you, patient peruser of my humble blog.

What other politicians fit the Catholic mould? Ann Widdecombe? What about from the "left wing" side? Are there any genuine pro-life Labour MPs?

A Catholic Interview with Iain Duncan Smith

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Plans For the Weekend? Go See Anthony Hopkins in The Rite

The Rite, released tomorrow in the UK
We are making plans to see the new Anthony Hopkins film The Rite this weekend, so I'm quite excited.

I think my eldest is more frightened of being seen out in public with his poor old dad than any scenes in the film ;-). No, he's a good lad really.

Quite a few people have popped by this blog on searching for info on the film, its star and the relevance of Catholicism to both.

I'm sure it won't be to the extent of The Passion of the Christ, but as I always say when the power of the film industry can be used to promote Catholicism and Catholic Truths, then more souls will be prompted to seek out the Truth.

In a world of chaotic opinions and instant "experts" I do believe Catholics should promote their Faith with the talents God has given them.

Watch this space for a review.

P.S. Why is it in this review of the film, the person who pours cold water on the fact of diabolical possession is "John Allen, writing in the National Catholic Reporter?" As many faithful Catholics have said, Satan's agenda is to make people think he doesn't exist, therefore allowing atheism and false pride to rise (witness modern society).As the review itself states:

Above all the young man grapples with what Fr. Lucas keeps repeating: to disbelieve the devil is what the devil wants. C.S. Lewis, writing in “The Screwtape Letters”  (1942), states this well: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Pope's Visit Generated at Least £14m More than it Cost Taxpayers

 The Pope Arrives in Scotland
A Reluctant Sinner has pulled together various sources to prove that not only did the National Secular Society get it woefully wrong when it said the Pope's visit would cost the taxpayer £100 Million (as it actually cost circa £6.9 Million), but that even without the figures for London (so in truth it would be much higher), the visit generated £20.75 for the UK economy.

Might we expect an apology for the (let's be charitable) terrible miscalculations and hysteria whipped up by them against the Pope's visit.

Will they now congratulate the Church and the Holy Father for generating more money for the UK economy than the visit actually cost the taxpayer?

The next time a Pope visits can we expect the secularist lobby and organised atheists to welcome the Holy Father for the economic boost he undoubtedly brings to our hard-pressed economy?

Or will the rationalists be irrational and the liberals be illiberal (again)?

Trads to the Back of the Bus

Another great piece from Linen on the Hedgerow which highlights the dreadful way the Tridentine Mass is treated in all too many dioceses, despite the Pope's wishes.

We are all, as Catholics, missing out on a wonderful gem from Heaven's treasury by sidelining the beautiful 'event' that is the Tridentine Mass.

Even non-Catholics like Agatha Christie recognised its beauty and cultural importance.

Of course for us Catholics it means so much more, raises our very minds, hearts and souls to Heaven and in its most profound form (solemn High Mass) in a traditional setting or in the ruins of a former Catholic shrine etc. it makes one realise, most profoundly, how connected we are to the rest of the Church (Militant, Suffering and Triumphant) and that, in that very real sense, we are just one small part of the Church which is much bigger and leads inexorably to heaven and the Beatific Vision, which calls all of us, despite our fallen nature, to be Saints.

Coming to Mass? Bring your Tambourine and copy of Socialist Worker

Please. Please dear God! Have mercy on us.

What is this? A roller-rink? A social workers' conference? An exhibition on whirling dervishes?

Where is Our Lord? Where is the deference to the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord in His Tabernacle? Where is the Tabernacle?

Who is the social worker condemning sexism, who talks over the priest as he declares Ite Missa est (I wish)?

I am scandalised by this! I do not wish to be presumptious, but the Holy Father must surely act to close down these monstrosities pretending to be Masses?

Are these the scandalous Masses the kind that gave rise to heresy, pride and division before Luther took advantage of them to promote his dreadful ideas, on the back of some geuine grievances?

If we do not act as the Church acted to codify the Mass at the Council of Trent, to stop the liturgical abuses (one cannot help but think of the Soho Masses) and other scandalous actions/inactions of Bishops and priests (albeit, as ever, a minority) then it is the Church itself that is damaged, and souls that are lost by falling away from Holy Mother Church.

Is this "Mass" really what the Saints and Martyrs lived and died for?

Monday, 14 February 2011

Medjugorje: The Church Says IT IS NOT MARY

So many times I have heard well-meaning Catholics talk about Medjugorje in the most glowing terms. Many have been and/or will go there on pilgrimage.

Many priests praise Medjugorje, allow it to be promoted in newsletters or on parish notice boards.

As such I was interested to read an article on the Catholic Herald website, by Francis Phillips, which contained the following gem:

what I think as a private person, or what the late pope wrote in a private letter to two friends who had sent him literature about Medjugorje, or indeed what the saintly Mother Teresa is said to have said, is neither here nor there; it is what the Church thinks that matters. What the Church thinks about alleged apparitions is left to the local Ordinary to investigate and pronounce.
Four years after the Lourdes apparitions of 1858, and after a lengthy investigation, the local bishop pronounced them authentic. In the case of Medjugorje, both Bishop Zanic of Mostar and his successor, Bishop Peric, fully investigated the phenomenon and decided that nothing supernatural was taking place.

(emphasis mine).

The Church having pronounced what some friends have labelled MegaForgery as "nothing supernatural" is damning in the extreme.

The best course of action for Catholics (lay and religious) is to leave the site and the seers especially, well alone.

Again, to quote from the article, a Canadian priest says:

“The Devil doesn’t mind a few thousand people becoming better Catholics after going there if, as a result, he’s got millions of Catholics being disobedient to the authority of the Church.”

Friday, 11 February 2011

Redemptorists Promote Relativism and Religious Anarchy

Remember the Redemptorist Publication Sunday Plus? In a recent post I showed how it was used to promote Buddhism, horoscopes and make young Catholics feel that their Faith was unnecessary.

Well I just came across another edition of Sunday Plus, again by the Redemptorists and again from October 2010 (I think I must have stuffed it in a pocket in disbelief and forgotten about it).

There relevant section in this one is again the "Meet" section. In the last one we met Amy, who was embracing horoscopes and Buddhism, whilst all but denouncing Catholicism. A great example for the Catholic children where this bilge was dished up.

In this other issue of Sunday Plus we get to meet Hannah. Here instead of Buddhism and horoscopes we have relativism in all its cafeteria Catholicism scope - just the kind of relativism the Holy Father attacked on his visit here last September.

Hannah, well as it says:
  • She's not sure about the the need for an organised religion.
  • She... is happy to pick and mix the bits of her Catholic upbringing which still make sense to her.

Got that?

Now the Redemptorists are promoting religious anarchy.

Who will ensure the Sacraments are there for us? Who will ensure we have priests to Consecrate the Sacred Species? And even if Catholicism survives this free-for-all that Hannah proposes, we are still free to "pick and mix."

That's what Woolworths specialised in - and we all know what happened to them.

Yet again all this is given over without proviso, without a Catholic defence of the Church (i.e,. organised religion) and all of her Sacraments, Sacramentals, the Creed etc. which we are not free to "pick and mix."

This kind of insidious propaganda is designed to weaken the faith of our young, to plant seeds of doubt and rebellion against Holy Church, the Blessed Sacrament, the Papacy and all we hold dear.

It's high time the Redemptorists were made to print Catholic material or told to shut up.

Souls are at stake - even, but not just, Amy's and Hannah's. But at least they can plead ignorance. The Redemptorists responsible have no such defence.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

New Film out Soon: The Rite, Starring Anthony Hopkins

An interesting new film is out late February (it's already out in America).

This film looks like a must for Catholics aged 15 and over.

I had to put these trailers up after reading an interview with the priest (Fr G Thomas - sounds Welsh!) on the sublime Linen on the Hedgerow blog. The link with the Vatican exorcist Fr. Amorth means a solid Catholicism is assured in these matters and when Fr Thomas says the film is in all essentials true to his book, which is factual, then we can look forward to an interesting film (perhaps in the vein of The Exorcism of Emily Rose).

P.S. Anthony Hopkins: now he is Welsh! ;-)

Friday, 4 February 2011

The Homosexual Militant Who Organises Eucharistic MInisters

As if the whole Eucharistic Ministers debate weren't bad enough, one of my favourite blogs, A Reluctant Sinner has published a devastating account of attempts by homosexual militants to canonise a Ugandan homosexual activist who was murdered, without bothering to check the facts, because it now seems he was murdered by a fellow homosexual whom he refused to pay for his "favours."

One man responsible (read the blog post linked to above Mr Lazy!) for this instant canonisation of a homosexual militant engaging in sodomy, is also responsible for organising the Eucharistic Ministers at the infamous homosexual 'Soho Masses' in the Westminster Archdiocese.

Do you think a homosexual militant, with an extremist agenda, who publishes a blog entitled Queering the Church, will pick fellow homosexuals to be Eucharistic Ministers or not?

Yet more evidence that the idea of Eucharistic Ministers is open to abuse.

Do We Need a Second Counter Reformation?

No, no, no! Where Protestant ideas end: yuch.
One of my favourite books about the Reformation, possibly after Cobbett's History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland, is Rev B. J. Kidd DD's The Counter-Reformation 1550-1600.

I would say to any decent (or half-decent) Catholic: it's a book you simply must read! Originally published by the SPCK in 1933, it tells the story of Saints called to defend the Catholic Faith across Europe, in the shadow of the Protestant Revolution against the Catholic Church.

The Protestants had already won over vast tracts of Germany, Bavaria, Hungary, Poland... much of Europe was under threat (even France and Italy!) Only Spain seemed to stand firm in the Faith, and it was that nation which gave the world the Jesuits, a Holy Order that won back so much of Europe for the Catholic Faith -- a role which Protestants and Freemasons have still not forgiven the many Saints and Martyrs of that Order for (hence all the ridiculous Jesuit conspiracies).

One aspect of the Counter Reformation was, of course, the Council of Trent. That heroic Council of the Church which codified (not invented!) the Mass of Centuries, to stop abuses (sound familiar?) and gave us the Tridentine Mass which was the Mass for another 400+ years until the experiments of the 70s, which have seen Churches half-empty out... but I digress.

The Council of Trent saw so many Holy Souls gather to defend Holy Mother Church from many abuses that had given fuel to the Protestants who (as with all false creeds) use justifiable qualms to push through their despicable aims, in their case undermining Tradition, ripping apart the Sacraments, and trying to make 'everyman a priest' (talk I heard recently from a Catholic priest) which I consider totally against what Christ established His Church for. We have a Holy Priesthood (even if some sadly fall short of what is expected) in order to enable us to receive the Sacraments.

I am a Catholic. I may be a Saint (I don't think I am, but the possibility is there for us all). But I am not a priest. I am a Catholic. I am a father and a husband. I have my vocation in life.

And this, in a kind of circuitous route (how atypical of me) brings me back to this wonderful book.

You see, at the Council of Trent, some Catholic laity and priests turned up with an agenda. Some were powerful men of the world (especially from the 'German' sphere of influence) and they wanted the Catholic Church to move partway towards the Protestant stance on certain things, as a way to 'heal the rift' and bring the two sides back together.

Would this have worked? Give them an inch and they'll want a yard? There is no doubt the Council overturned many abuses and that in and of itself should have pleased any genuine souls who were irked with the Church. Let's face it, genuine Catholics can take umbrage with some Church policies, especially if they are seen to harm the Church, turn souls away, make the Church look grasping or underhand. We only have to look at the recent paedophile scandal in the Church. If the Church had reacted correctly, nipped it in the bud, acted in the best interests of souls (priestly and laity), routed out homosexuals in the priesthood and much else besides - it would have spared the Church another scandal, and more injuries.

Yet the Council of Trent reacted to the Protestant Revolution not only by ending genuine abuses which gave genuine grievances, it acted to solidify the Traditional Latin-Rite Mass, it sent the Jesuits, Dominicans and others to fight back for the Faith in the heartlands of the "enemy" -- we know that full well with Saint Martyrs created right in here in Wales.

I remember seeing a plaque at the bottom end of Crwys Road, where Cathays and Roath meet in Cardiff, showing the spot where our beloved Saints Philip Evans and John Lloyd were martyred. To quote the Real Cardiff site about the spot:

Here, in a plot known as 'the Cut Throats', more or less where the Road has its junction with Albany, stood the town gibbet. Nearby were plots called Cae Budr (the defiled field), Plwcca Halog (the unhallowed plot), and Pwll Halog (the unhallowed pool). Today they've got side streets built across them and are happily called Strathnairn, Glenroy and Keppoch. 

So we have, today, the examples of so many Holy Saints and Martyrs from this time on which to call for help and intercession on, in these worried times.They came to Welsh soil to win souls back for Christ and His Church through the Sacraments.

One of the aspects of the Council of Trent, as I said earlier, was the attempt of some to get Protestant "demands" from the Church. One of these was Communion in both kinds for the laity. As usual with these demands, there was the Protestant propaganda that hitherto the priests had been keeping something to themselves, and (especially with the idea that "we are all priests") then why should we all not partake in Communion under both kinds?

This always stuck in my mind on reading the book, because in more and more Catholic parishes today, we are seeing Communion in both kinds to the laity, and it is something, I have to say, I feel deeply uncomfortable about.

Now I am not a theologian, not even a lukewarm one, so I do not know all the theological reasons for this, but common sense tells me that Communion in both kinds is open to so much abuse. We all know of accidents with Communion in the form of the wafer: dropped and spilled hosts etc. How much more worrying would it be to witness drops and spills of the Chalice?

The other aspect of Communion in both kinds is that it gives the impression - especially to the young, immature, gullible and foolish - that the Communion host is not the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in its entirety. That is, it gives/promotes the false idea that we have to receive the Body ("wafer") and Blood ("wine") together in order to have 'full communion' - i.e. that the Host in and of itself is somehow "not enough," and I think this comes back to the Protestant idea of "we are all priests" and therefore we all have the 'right' to Communion in both kinds, otherwise we are somehow 'cheated.'

My last bug-bear about Communion in both kinds is that it has given rise to what I personally consider one of the worst abuses of the post-Vatican 2 age (whether V2 instigated it is another matter). That is the appearance of the 'Eucharistic Minister.' Some non-priest given the green light to administer Communion to the laity. In many circles these have earned themselves the nomenclature Eucharistic Monsters for various reasons (and abuses).

For me personally the idea of someone who is not a priest administering Communion is an absolute sacrilege. And I mean that literally.

I do not like the idea - as I've outlined above - of the laity receiving Communion in both kinds, even at the hands of priests, but the idea that non-consecrated hands should administer Communion is just a non-starter. It seems such an abuse of the Holy Sacrament that I still find it difficult to believe that it is allowed and the idea of witnessing it fills me with dread and despair.

If Mother Teresa considered Communion in the hand the worst thing in the world, because it offends God for the Sacrament to be in unconsecrated hands, how much more might we say Eucharistic Ministers might do the same?

The Council of Trent did much to shore up the Catholic Faith, to reinvigorate a Faith which had been under attack for decades, with all the scandals (real and invented) used to attack the Church, with its enemies seeming to have the upper hand, with calls from within and without the Church for liberalisation in the Mass and the distribution of Communion... for some years we must have looked (from a worldly view) to be on the way out.

Does anyone else see the similarities with today?

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Candlemas and our Catholic Traditions

Candlemas is another Catholic celebration that should make our separated brethren in the anglican church realise that their True Home is Rome!

Let us celebrate Candlemas and keep alive many centuries of Catholic Tradition.

If Christmas Day is "day one" then Candlemas is "day forty" with all that resonates in Biblical history: the flood, Christ in the desert, and from that the 40 days of Lent.

Indeed by the 17th Century Candlemas was seen as the very end of the Christmas season, and the Holy Father this year has said he will keep the crib on display until Candlemas.


But the strongest attraction of Candlemas is the 'bitter-sweet' nature of what it celebrates. It is a feast day, and the revelation of the child Jesus in the Temple, greeted by Simeon and Anna, calls for rejoicing. Nevertheless, the prophetic words of Simeon, which speak of the falling and rising of many and the sword that will pierce, lead on to the passion and to Easter. The scriptures and the liturgy of the Christmas season have several pointers to the suffering of the Lord, but none more potent than the words of Simeon. Coming as they do at the very end of the Christmas celebration and with Lent nearly always very close, they make Candlemas a kind of pivot in the Christian year. It is as if we say, on 2 February, 'One last look back to Christmas, and now, turn towards the cross!' On such a reckoning, the liturgical colour changes after the Eucharist at Candlemas from the white of Epiphanytide to a more penitential colour as Lent approaches.

In the old liturgies some of the 'bitter-sweet' flavour of the day was sometimes expressed through a striking change of liturgical colour, the procession in purple vestments and the eucharist in white. In origin this probably reflects little more than the habitually penitential nature of Processional rites, even when associated with a feast. It is this tradition that we have tried to use creatively in the Eucharist of Candlemas. We have moved the procession to the end of the Eucharist, where Nunc Dimittis in any case seems more appropriate, given it a penitential feel and made it, especially by the Responsory that follows it, the point of transition from Christmas to Easter. As such it is a very powerful ending to all that The Promise of His Glory celebrates.

In addition to the eucharist, a Vigil Service for Candlemas is provided. This is on the same model as the other Vigil Services in this book but, in some ways, is the greatest of them, building as it does on the light theme that belongs to this festival. Instead of psalmody, biblical chants, mainly from the Byzantine rite, have been used between the readings, and, as at the Eucharist, a procession with lighted candles may be made at the end, as Nunc Dimittis is sung.


By the seventh century it had become the custom to begin the worship service on February 2 with candlelighting by the congregation gathered outside the worship area followed by a procession into the Church with all carrying their lighted candles. This was to relive Simeon's experience of meeting the "light of nations" at the temple. The pastor Sophronius wrote in that century
Everyone should be eager to join the procession and to carry a light.
Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the one who came to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.
So let us hasten to meet our God.

In 2010, Christ's College, Cambridge University, held a Medieval Torchlit procession for Candlemas. What a sight it must have been:

On Tuesday 2 February, the Christian church ends its traditional period of celebration for Christmas and Epiphany with Candlemas. In Christ's we will be celebrating this special day by throwing ourselves back into the 16th century period with a mediaeval torchlight procession, with the blessing of Candles and Compline. This event coincides with the 500th anniversary of the consecration of the College Chapel in 1510.
Everyone is welcome to what will be a spectacular occasion and everyone will be given a processional torch or candle to carry.
Mediaeval music accompanied by drumbeat will be provided by members of the College Choir.