The Vespers service on February 6, 2014 is being held in collaboration with the Episcopal Center at Duke and the Anglican-Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. The service draws from the tradition of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, instituted shortly after the restoration of the monarchy in England (1660) and seeking to harmonize Protestant and Catholic understandings of liturgy. February 2 marks the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, also known as Candlemas or the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, among others. It is celebrated 40 days after the birth of Jesus, when Mary and Joseph brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem for rituals involving the purification of Mary and the redemption of her firstborn child, as prescribed by Jewish law. Today’s service seeks mark this occasion.