The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (2 Feb) is also called the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin (see Luke 2:22). Because it celebrates Our Lord's first coming to the Temple at Jerusalem, it occasions Scriptural readings about God's showing His presence in the Temple or in Jerusalem, such as
From this reading, the feast takes its popular name of Candlemas, and on it candles are lighted and carried in procession. On the following day, 3 February, in some parishes, after the worship service, those who wish may come forward and have their throats blessed by being touched (externally) with a candle from the day before, and a prayer for protection against respiratory ailments and other throat problems. Why, you ask, this ceremony at this time? Three reasons that I know (or guess):
Prayer (traditional language)
Grant us, O Lord, as thou didst grant to thy servant Blaise, that our minds may not be so fixed on our own cares that we fail to perceive and to lay hold upon the opportunities thou dost give us of doing good to others; in the name of Him who came among us as one that serveth, thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.Prayer (contemporary language)
Grant us, O Lord, as you granted to your servant Blaise, that our minds may not be so fixed on our own cares that we fail to notice and make use of the opportunities you give us of doing good to others; in the name of Him who came among us as one who serves, your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.