A short break from pretty interiors just feels right today, which according to the church calendar is Candlemas or Candlemass. It falls halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, a time when many folks historically bring their candles to church to be blessed before using them throughout the year. La Chandeleur, Candlemas, Crêpes & a Prayer is an exercise in a strange and holy hope, a humble gesture to turn our attention to the beauty of the Light which is holding all things.
La Chandeleur, Candlemas, Crêpes & a Prayer
In France, the holy day (known as La Chandeleur is also the day of crêpes (which is my sort of day!!!).
You see, in the movie of my own life, crêpes have played a delicious starring role.
Our entire lives, we knew them as Swedish pancakes made by our Swedish Gram, an immigrant who was first our babysitter and became our adopted grandmother. She made them for us often, during the week as well as on weekends.
For us kids, these golden rounds became an enduring symbol of deep love and timeless unity, transcending language (Gram spoke only Swedish), religious affiliation, age, and geography.
As soon as my husband (a Norwegian) and I married, I began making these crêpes, these Swedish pancakes for him.
What a delight to share them with our own children, nieces, nephews and aging parents.
They are every bit as sweet all of these decades later, and we all feel very loved and nurtured when they are served.
So today on Candlemas, at a time between winter and spring, my thoughts turn to candles, crêpes, and the sacred in the everyday.
I’m thinking of you, right where you are, perhaps hearing chatter about whether a certain groundhog will see his shadow, perhaps troubled by current events, and maybe needing a flickering flame shimmering from a simple sanctuary.
Perhaps this can be space to simply rest your bones, let go your thoughts, and open your heart to a prayer from an imperfect servant who offers it in a spirit of unknowing.
You could light a candle or simply turn your awareness to divine light in your heart (which is always burning and simply waiting for your awareness).
Holy Maker, we open our winter hearts to you as you prepare them for the greening of springtime.
For surely you have created us to grow, learn and blossom in relationship with each other and with you.
Thank you for the warmth from lit candles in places near and far, seen and unseen,
for your silent Presence gleaming from all, guiding our paths and plans.
We pray just now for mercy, for wisdom, and for discernment, Divine Mystery, to become a transformed people desiring peace and fresh eyes to see as you see.
Your grace and trustworthy energy follow us into every dim corner, every dark consequence, animating our very beings to respond with love and humility.
Oh, Helper, help us to see your invitations to align with your higher ways and keep the flow flowing as perfect light keeps glowing.
Glow in the shadowy wilderness of our weary lives, Blessed Light and Holy Candle.
Warm the ground of our hearts and bless the seeds below.
May every fruit and blossom impart the sweet fragrance of You.
Nurture us this day of Candlemas, this in between season in which we bring the candles of our lives to you for blessing.
Bless us, Gentle Father of Light, as we, your reflections seek: deeper understanding, wholehearted healing, and supernatural unity.
Steady our anxious feet when they’re slipping, and recycle every care into holy confidence.
Fix our gaze on you, burn in our hearts with refining fire, and purify our unholy parts.
We pray this as poor servants with empty hands stretched open to receive the blessings of your sacred warmth and flowering of eternal compassion.
Below are a few collected quotes of faith and poetry. Maybe they will inspire a new perspective or strangely resonate.
I don’t ever intend to be preachy or write for an exclusive audience of spiritual seekers or contemplatives; I only desire to be a small mirror, reflecting back a little of the Light that found me.
Peace to you right where you are.
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