Blessing and presentation of children
The next Thursday 2 February We celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Jesús at the temple Jerusalem after birth and the Purification of Mary. This festival coincides with the celebration of the Virgen de la Candelaria, Marian devotion that originated in Tenerife (Spain). Etymology derived from the word candlestick or candela refers to light: the holy light that guides to the right path and redemption and enlivens faith in God.
For this reason, on Sunday 5 February (also 1st Sunday of S. Jose), at the end of Mass 12 all marriages with children baptized in the past year may bring with them to the altar to be blessed. Some parents made an offering and then the priest bless the children and present them to the Virgin.