On August 1, 1962, the Virgin Mary asked Elisabeth Kindelmann the following: "I beg the Holy Father to fix for you the feast of the Flame of Love on February 2, the feast of Candlemas. I don't want a special feast."
So it is at the Virgin Mary's request that we celebrate every year the feast of the Flame of Love, which she has fixed for February 2, the feast of Candlemas.
Among the Jews, forty days after birth, every first-born son had to be presented to the Lord. This was the day when Jesus was presented to the Temple by Mary and Joseph: they conformed to the law of the Lord, but in truth, He (Jesus) was coming to meet the people of believers. At the same time, his mother Mary received a special blessing from the priests.
In the Catholic tradition, this is a feast of light, highlighting the beautiful words of the old man Simeon: "My eyes have seen salvation [...]: light that reveals itself to the nations and gives glory to your people Israel."
Simeon and the prophetess Anne had come to the Temple under the impulse of the Holy Spirit and recognized in this child the Messiah, whom they enthusiastically announced to all.
Before Holy Mass, the priest lights his candle on the Paschal candle (the flame symbolizes the light that Jesus brings into the darkness) and goes to the faithful to pass on this fire. He says to each: "Receive the Flame of Love from the Immaculate Heart of Mary"!
Then we enter the Cathedral in procession to the sound of appropriate hymns. At this point, the liturgy for the feast of Candlemas on February 2 begins.
6:15pm - Arrive at the main entrance, Boul. René-Lévesque. Purchase of candles with Falots.
6:30pm - Rosary of the Flame of Love with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Blessing of the candles and Presentation of the Light.
- Procession in the cathedral.
8:00 pm - Holy Mass.
9:00 pm - End of the celebration.
René Lévesque Blvd.
Montreal H3B 2V3
at the rear of the Cathedral, Mansfield Street.
Bonaventure metro station, Cathedral St. exit.
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Picture of the statue of the Virgin Mary of the Flame of Love at Montreal Cathedral.
This 38" statue comes from Quito, Ecuador.
12" and 19" statues are also available in this site's "online store".
Father Alain Vaillancourt, pastor of the Cathedral, celebrated the Eucharist last year in 2023.
Father Vaillancourt is suffering from cancer, and we ask you to pray for him. He will celebrate the Eucharist in French again this year.