CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in South Hills will have a special workshop in candle-making for "Candlemas" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church's Mathes Hall, 36 Norwood Road.
The workshop will be led by local store owners Ray Shackleford and Mark Owen, who will teach participants how to make their own candles, including a smaller one to be lit during the Candlemas service scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at the church across the street. A taller candle will be blessed for participants to take home.
While most people think of Feb. 2 as Groundhog Day, in Christianity it has been known much longer as Candlemas. All candles that would be used in church or in homes for the next 12 months would be brought to church and blessed on this day. Candlemas falls exactly halfway between the first day of winter and the first day of spring and has long been a prognosticator for the return of good weather. One ancient rhyme went:
"If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another fightIf Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter won't come again."