The Book of Occasional Services, one of the liturgical books in the Episcopal Church, offers several blessings specific to seasons and feast days. It does not, however, offer a blessing specific to the Feast of the Presentation, a major feast in the liturgical year. The following blessing has been prepared based upon the collects and gospel reading (Luke 2:22-40) for the day: May Almighty God, … Continue reading A Blessing Specific to the Feast of the Presentation
Nunc dimittis, the Song of Simeon, from the Feast of the Presentation: Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Continue reading Arvo Pärt’s Nunc dimittis
I recently heard a man say, “I feel as if I have dropped into my own life and it fits.” It made me smile. It was such a great description. I think we all want to be able to say that. He went on, however, to say that it wasn’t about his family, his work, or even anything he could specifically name. It was more … Continue reading A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation
The collect and readings for the Feast of the Presentation may be found here. The story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple is found in Luke 2:22-40. —– They met in the temple, Mary and Joseph, Anna, Simeon, Jesus. How did they get there? What brought them to that place of meeting? What brings us to the temple, the place where God resides? Mary and … Continue reading Longing – A Reflection on the Feast of the Presentation, Luke 2:22-40
The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple was February 2. It is a fixed date feast always falling forty days after Christmas. The collect and readings for the feast may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 2:22-40: 22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him … Continue reading A Sermon for The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence … Continue reading Who is Presenting Whom?
Today, February 2, is the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. The gospel for this feast tells us about Anna, an 84 year old widow, a prophet, who “never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day” (Luke 2:37). She saw Mary, the Blessed Theotokos, the Mother of God, place her forty day old son into … Continue reading The Temple of the Heart
The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple is celebrated on a fixed date, February 2, about forty days after Christmas. It is one of the major feasts in the church year. The Eastern Church calls it the Meeting while in the West it is sometimes known as Candlemas or the Feast of the Purification. The celebration of this feast began in … Continue reading The Feast of the Presentation