OF COURSE SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH IN MACON IS READY FOR CANDLEMAS! THE QUESTION IS, IS YOUR PARISH?
February 2nd, no matter what day it is, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas.
The reason for the name Candlemas is that candles are blessed on this day as a prelude to the actual Mass (kind of what the blessing and sprinkling of Holy Water is in the the 1962 Missal.)
Of course, our parish is quite ready for this Sunday. At each and every Sunday Mass including our Saturday Vigil as well as our first of the month Extraordinary Form Mass (and thus the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary) we will pass out candles prior to Mass, then at the time Mass is to begin, everyone's candle will be lighted, all will be instructed to turn toward the entrance of the Church and the priest will bless these candles using the formula in the Roman Missal.
In the EF 2 PM Mass, the candles are at the epistle side of the altar and are blessed in a basket unlighted and then distributed to all.