On Sunday 2 February, the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple, also known as Candlemas, many faithful gathered at Sint-Kwinten’s to celebrate the Eucharist, presided over by Father Juan Carlos, ss.cc., moderator of the Leuven pastoral zone.
A very warm welcome to all those parents who during this past year had your child baptized in this church, and to all the children, and to everyone celebrating with us today. During today’s Eucharistic celebration, we wish to emphasize that “being baptized” is not a momentary event, but rather an event that is the beginning of a long path of growing in faith.
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
You came here to give thanks to the Lord for the birth of your children and to give them the chance to receive new life through the water and the Spirit. But, as Simeon told Mary, life will not be easy, because trying to live as a Christian nowadays is not so easy. Being a Christian is being ready to be considered as a sign of contradiction. But you are not alone, dear parents, in the task of raising your children as Christians. Today this faith community says to you: We stand by your side. We will support you, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
For all people here in the church, that we are good and kind to each other, and continue to do what Jesus asks us to do.
And during the Offertory, children brought forward the bread and wine that became the Body and Blood of Christ.
At the end of the celebration, the children received a special blessing, and each one was prayed over by a priest.