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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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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!