Presentation of Christ - 2nd February

This Feast recalls how Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the  Temple forty days after his birth, according to the Law of Moses.

There he encountered St Simeon, to whom it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit that he would live to see the coming of the Messiah. St Simeon recognized the infant Christ as God incarnate and taking him into his arms and praising the Lord

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."

The prophetess Anna who dwelt at the temple and who had served the Lord for 84 years also recognized Christ as the redeemer of the world at this time.

The major theme of this Feast is is the passing of the Old covenant to the New and the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the Messiah.

During the Divine Liturgy the Epistle and Gospel readings reinforce this theme.


Epistle:  Hebrews 7:7-17

Gospel:  Luke 2:22-40

Troparion

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace!

From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. Enlightening those who sat in darkness!

Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder;

You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,

Who grants us the Resurrection.
Kontakion
By Your nativity, You did sanctify the Virgin's womb,

And did bless Simeon's hands, O Christ God.

Now You have come and saved us through love.

Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man!
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