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on the eastern edge of Dartmoor.

CANDLEMAS  the conclusion of Epiphany

Candlemas, also called Presentation of the Lord or Presentation of Christ in the Temple, is on 2nd February (usually celebrated in church the following Sunday), commemorates the occasion when the Virgin Mary, in obedience to Jewish law, went to the Temple in Jerusalem, both to be purified forty days after the birth of Jesus, and to present him to God as her firstborn – as recorded in Luke 2:22-38, a passage steeped in Jewish ritual observance.

On this occasion, the infant Jesus was also presented to two elderly people – to the prophetess Anna and to Simeon, whose words are well known to those familiar with the canticle Nunc Dimitiis in the service of Evening Prayer: ‘Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou has prepared before the face of all people.’ The waiting of these two elderly saints had now been fully rewarded – their days of patient watchfulness were now complete.

Candlemas marks also the end of the feast of Christmas and the removal of any decorations not taken down earlier. Candlemas is sometimes said to predict the weather for the rest of the winter:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.

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Every church in the Moreton benefice now has its own Facebook page where a quantity of recent information is to be found in addition to what appears on this website. They may be reached by clicking on the links below:
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Let our churches inspire you!

The four parish churches and one chapel that comprise this benefice are all cultural icons of the communities they serve and are of considerable heritage importance.

Much more than that, however, they are also living centres of Christian worship, offering peace and solace to all who enter them, and the Good News of Jesus Christ – as relevant as ever to the needs of a turbulent world.

So please come and explore our website and find out more.

If you’d like some information about our Christian faith, please click here.

Many of the beautiful photographs taken for our website are the work of Mike Rego whose work may also be viewed on his website at

St Andrew’s is a Fairtrade church

A Fairtrade stall sells Fairtrade goods, mainly food, in church every second Sunday of the month