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February 2

Good morning ___school name____. 

Wherever you are at the building, please stand up for Jesus and join me in the sign of our faith. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day we bless our candles symbolizing Christ  - who is the light of the world. 

Here in the office we have a candle for each of our classrooms, which we are now going to bless. 

Heavenly Father, we ask for a blessing on these Christ candles that will be in all of our classrooms. We will light these candles on special occasions, but also on days when someone in our classroom needs to see the Light of Christ shining brightly, especially when one of us are going through some tough moments. 
Each time we light this Christ candle, we are reminded that the light of Christ shines in each one of us, and our God is here with us always, in the good times   and the bad. 

And so this morning we pray:

God, our loving Father, you sent your Son, Jesus, into this world to 
overcome evil with the force of good; hatred with the power of love.

Help us Lord God, to join with you in bringing Your light into this world,
the light that is your Son, born of the Virgin Mary, in Bethlehem.
Help us to be instruments of your light and love by doing acts of kindness
and by loving one another today and every day.

May the Christ Candle we light, symbolize our desire to bring Jesus to all those who need PEACE, HOPE and LOVE.

Thank you Jesus, for being with us always, and for loving us, just the way we are. 
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen