Mass at dawn this morning, commenced with a gathering of the 20 or 30 or so people attending at the Sacred Heart Catholic church Wimbledon, at the back of the church.
Michael, the Jesuit priest celebrating the mass, reminded us that it was 40 days after Christmas and invited us to light candles after which we processed to the pews and he to the altar.
Quite a moving yet quiet celebration which Michael's brief sermon provided further enlightenment upon.
Jesus as a 40 day old baby and later as a 12 year old boy was presented to the Temple by his mother and father in accordance with the Jewish practice. An old man Simeon, understood that he would not die until he had seen the Lord. He saw and recognised Jesus as the Lord and thus fulfilled the prophecy about him.