Candlemas Festival at All Saints’ Church on Saturday February 4

An ancient feast day will be observed here in a new event organized by the Rev. Amy Richter and St. Mary’s Chapter. The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ at the Temple celebrates the coming of the Light of the World forty days after Christmas. In Luke 2:22-39 the aged Simeon and prophet Anna rejoice in the coming of the Redeemer and bless the Holy Family.

Schedule of Events

  • An ice sculpture of the church façade and steeple will be in front of the church all day.
  • The historic church will be open for visitors from 10 am to 5 pm. 
  • Baked goods go on sale in the Great Hall at 10 am, free hot coffee & hot tea!
  • Hot food sales will be in the Great Hall for dine-in or take-away 11 am to 6 pm
  • Labyrinth in Parish Hall will be open for walking 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Blessing of Candles at 1 pm, 4:45 pm and other unscheduled times
  • Candlemas Service with music (no Eucharist) begins at 5 pm.

Rev. Amy is designing a Candlemas Service for All Saints’ like evensong but specific to the February 2 feast.  Music Director Emeritus Carroll Howe will lead the choir and congregation in music with particular emphasis on the Song of Simeon.  The service will begin at 5 pm with a candlelit procession.

Food Sales in the Great Hall:  Chefs Dan Lajewski and Bob Fowle will prepare hot food for dine-in or take-away.  The menu will feature pulled pork sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs & chili dogs, chili, tomato soup, mac & cheese and baked potatoes.  St. Mary’s members will bake cookies and brownies.  Hot food sales begin at 11 am and end around 6 pm, which allows people who attend the Candlemas Service at 5pm time to get dinner before heading downtown to see all the ice sculptures.  Any leftover food will be offered for sale for take home on Sunday February 5 between services.  Prepare early for Superbowl Sunday by about picking up professionally cooked food here!

An ice sculpture of the steeple and façade will be in front of the church all day as part of the Downtown Frederick First Saturday Artwalk Fire in Ice festivities.  It will be the first time we’ve had an ice sculpture here and we’re excited about it! This is a wonderful way to celebrate the last 10 years of capital repair and restoration projects on our beautiful 1855 neo-gothic church.  We improved the foundation drainage, reworked the front landscaping, installed new air conditioning thereby eliminating unsightly equipment around the building, made the walkway from Church Street to the Memorial Garden handicap accessible, updated the Memorial Garden landscaping, leveled and fixed the stone staircases on the front and right side of the church, repaired the steeple and replaced its finial, acquired a new organ, and replaced the nave’s slate roof.  During the same period the 1814 Court Street Building had the exterior repaired and painted, in its Parish Hall the worn-out carpet was removed to expose beautiful wood floors on which a labyrinth was painted, the walls and columns of the hall were freshly painted, and the HVAC updated.  Whew!  All these projects were accomplished without any major public recognition.  It’s time to honor and celebrate all the efforts of the parishioners and church leadership who worked with love and dedication to preserve and beautify our spiritual home.  Please come on February 4 to take a selfie of yourself and your family with the ice sculpture to post on social media and the church’s facebook page using #allsaintsfredmd.


Inspired by medieval tradition there will be Candle Blessings for use at home during the rest of the year.  We’ll have some beeswax and part-beeswax candles available for a free-will donation  courtesy of All Saints’ Altar Guild.  We encourage parishioners to bring candles from home to be blessed.  The Altar Guild will also distribute light sticks for children.


This festival is being planned and organized by St. Mary’s Chapter with the assistance of Rev. Amy and the Altar Guild.  Funds raised will be used for capital projects at All Saints’ next year.  St. Mary’s Chapter is a group of women and men joined by fellowship at All Saints’ Episcopal Church who use their time, talent and treasure for the benefit of the church property and special projects in the community.  For information about joining St. Mary’s Chapter contact 2nd Vice President June Miller.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the Candlemas Festival contact 1st Vice President Sara Gibson. 

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