On Sunday 4 February, Llandaff Cathedral will celebrate the Feast of Candlemas with a sequence of music and readings at 3.30pm. Although Christmas Day has now passed and most decorations have long since been packed away, the Church continues to commemorate the coming of Christ and the light he brings into the darkness until Candlemas Day (2 February – 40 days after Christmas). The music and readings in this service trace our Christian journey from the expectation of Advent, the birth of the Christ child at Christmas, the visit of the Wise Men at Epiphany and finally Christ’s Presentation in the Temple at Candlemas.
We begin with the Responsory for Advent Sunday, attributed to Palestrina, and during the course of the service the cathedral choir will sing further choral music by Manz, Grieg, Mathias, Leighton, Warlock and Stopford. Biblical readings will once again recall the promise and birth of Jesus, and the events of the first part of his life among us. The sequence concludes with the Gospel for Candlemas after which the choir sing the words of Simeon in the Nunc dimittis by Sir George Dyson. There will be plenty of congregational hymns for all to sing.
All are welcome to attend what promises to be a joyous and uplifting celebration.