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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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Candles for Candlemas
published 5 February 2016 by Lucas Tappan

LMT Candlemas FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION is a special for me because as the traditional end to the Christmas season, it allows me to celebrate Christmas and the gift of the Incarnation a little longer than secular society (although my Christmas tree didn’t make it this year).

This year marked the first time during my tenure that our parish and school held the traditional blessing of candles on this feast day, which is why the day is also called Candlemas. I was struck by the fact that the simple act of blessing and lighting candles has kept bringing the Mass back to my mind throughout the week. It is another proof to me of why signs and symbols (the Sacraments being the ultimate ones) are so important to our Faith. Plus what school child doesn’t enjoy a little fire early in the school day!