Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ground Hog day....Candlemas day...

In Pennsylvania. Puxatawny Phil will be asked if there will be 40 more days of winter or not.
Phil is most famous for biting (really) Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day:

Trivia: They filmed only a small amount of the film in isolated Puxatawny: most of it was filmed in a flatter, easier to reach town in the midwest.

Catholic know the feast as the day 40 days after Christmas, when Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to be presented at the Temple (as their first born) according to the Jewish tradition.

However, British writer Brian Sibley reminds us that another name for the day is Candlemas day: because it is the day that candles are blessed, and adds:
in the English of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer...

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
The prayer, known as the 'Nunc Dimittis', became part of the night time office of the Christian church called Compline, or Evening Prayer, and many composers have written settings for the 'Nunc Dimittis' from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Part. (You can click on the composers' names to link to recording of their versions.)

Mr Sibley adds some more stuff on his blog, including this trivia: that a version of it was used in the closing titles of the BBC spy drama, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  here.

And one Belgian commenter on his blog says that they traditionally eat pancakes today.

more trivia at Pinterest
which also notes that it is the feast of St Brigid of Kildare.

Fountain of Elias has a long post about her: with this link for more information.

And here is a poem supposed to be by her:

(10th century Poem attributed to Brigid herself)
I'd like to give a lake of beer to God.
I'd love the heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.

I'd love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I'd put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.

White cups of love I'd give them
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I'd offer
To every man.

I'd make Heaven a cheerful spot
Because the happy heart is true.
I'd make the men contented for their own sake.
I'd like Jesus to love me too.

Yup. Sounds like she's up in Catholic heaven:

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