After all the excitement of Christmas, you’re kind of ready for things die down in January, aren’t you? Still, it doesn’t take long before you’re itching to do something special with your family again. Here are four simple ways you can celebrate a feast or observe the season this February.
February 2, the Presentation of the Lord, is known as Candlemas. While the feast celebrates Jesus presented before God, it is also the day the Church blesses the candles that will be used through the year. The laity have long participated at home by placing a candle in the window. The French have nicknamed the day Crepe Day and share crepes with each other to commemorate the feast’s charitable tradition of popes giving food to the poor.
February 11 is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This feast might be best observed with an activity. First and foremost, visit or pray for the sick. Next, the film The Song of Bernadette makes the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes a great day for a family movie.
The modern idea of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday can have an unsavory connotation. However, its original purpose is actually a wonderful way to begin Lent. The faithful used to get their Lenten penance during confession on Fat Tuesday. If you want to observe Fat Tuesday the way it was intended, go to confession before Lent so you can attend Ash Wednesday with a clean slate. Make sure you are prepared for any prayer routine you plan to start this Lent. Along with confession, eat well. Pancakes and king cake are always popular.
Chair of St. Peter
On February 22, we celebrate that Jesus appointed Peter, and all vicars to follow, leader of the Church. In gratitude, say some extra prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions and for his protection. Say the rosary, the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and any other prayer you would like for Pope Francis.