Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Monday, February 2, 2015

2 February. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Presentation of Christ in the Temple

2 February.  1662 Book of Common Prayer: Presentation of Christ in the Temple

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple,
Commonly Called, The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.

The Collect


Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


2 February.  1662 Book of Common Prayer:  Presentation of Christ in the Temple

The Purification of St. Mary the Virgin. The alternative title ("the Presentation of Christ in the Temple"), though not used in common parlance, suggests the lesson drawn by all the services of the day. It carried out, indeed, the old idea: for the Festival was called the Hypapante or "Meeting" (with Simeon and Anna) on its first institution in the East, and only received the name of "the Purification" in the West and much later. Its date is necessarily fixed by Christmas. The name "Candlemas Day" is derived from the custom of a procession with torches, superseding (it is thought) the heathen festival of torches to Ceres in the early part of February, with a reference to the true "light to lighten the Gentiles". -- February 2nd.

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