We are fast approaching the month of February. The name comes from the Latin word, februum, which means purification. This is in reference to a purification ritual which occurred on the 15th day of the month.
January and February were added to the Roman calendar by King Noma Pompilius in 713 BC. Up to that point winter was considered a monthless season. Some of you may agree with that. February was actually the last month of the year until 450 AD, when it became the second month.
This year February has three days of special importance. On the 2nd we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord. In Jewish tradition the presentation in the temple was performed on the 40th day of the child’s life. On the 14th we celebrate Ash Wednesday. This also (in the old calendar) is St. Valentine’s Day, so if you take your loved one out to dinner, it will have to be meat free. On the 22nd we celebrate the Chair of St. Peter, a day of special importance to our parish.