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SPECIAL - February 2 Thursday - Morning prayer at 7:00 am

Mass is at its regular time of 7:00 pm. 

Morning prayer is at 7:00 am.  February 2  is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and the end of Christmastide as it was observed in the past.

Years ago the Christmas season lasted until February 2nd which was Candlemas, or the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord.

From the New Advent Encyclopedia:

"Forty days after the birth of Christ Mary complied with... the law, she redeemed her first-born from the temple (Numbers 18:15), and was purified by the prayer of Simeon the just, in the presence of Anna the prophetess."

This marked the end of the 40-day “Christmastide”  - - similar in length to the 40 days of Lent.

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