Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, The Purification of Mary, The Feast of Meeting, Candlemas, Blessing, Luke 2:22-40

A Blessing Specific to the Feast of the Presentation

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

Icon of St. Simeon

A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation

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

Longing – A Reflection on the Feast of the Presentation, Luke 2:22-40

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

A Sermon for The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)

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)

Who is Presenting Whom?

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?

The Temple of the Heart

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

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