Happy Candlemas! Here's a polyphonic setting of the Lumen ad revelationem gentium et gloriam plebis tuae Israel by Francisco López y Capillas. Notice that he expanded on the Gregorian chant.
A rant follows...
To my detriment, I was on another forum today where Candlemas was being discussed and someone mentioned that today's Feast is now called the Presentation of Our Lord at the Temple. The person went on to say that this was because of the de-emphasis of the purification of Mary in favor of the prophecy of Simeon.
Pardon my crabbiness, but what were they talking about? The traditional rite is steeped with Simeon and Mary, but most of all, God's mercy bathes the whole liturgy. And why do we need to de-emphasize Mary's Purification? Are we modern people squeamish about blood? She and Joseph offered two turtledoves, but the Child whom they brought was the worthiest and sublimest offering to God the Father. Why do we need to remove this emphasis? It is Him through whom we receive our purification. This Marian Feast is inherently about God's Salvation, pointing in a deeper way to the Eucharistic Offering of Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Body. Blood. Soul. Divinity.
Take a look at the Propers. You cannot get more sublime than this on this earth. I defy you to read them and then tell me exactly what needed improving.
Okay, done with my rant. I will enjoy this Feast for many reasons. One other reason is the second anniversary of the falling asleep in the Lord of our parochial vicar. He left this earthly life early in the morning and his last words were..."Now you let your servant go in peace...."