Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM


Monday, February 2, 2015

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple


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!


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: to be a light to lighten the gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people Israel (Luke 2:29–32).

Simeon then prophesied to Mary: "Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" (Luke 2:34–35).

The elderly prophetess Anna was also in the Temple, and offered prayers and praise to God for Jesus, and spoke to everyone there about Jesus and his role in the redemption of Israel (Luke 2:36–38).

And we sing:

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!

Forefeast hymns

Troparion
The celestial choir of heavenly angels
Bends down to the earth
And sees the First-born of all creation
Being carried into the Temple as a babe
By a Mother who has not known man,
And in amazement sings with us a pre-festal hymn.
Kontakion
The Word, unseen with the Father,
Now is seen in the flesh, ineffably born of the Virgin,
And is given into the arms of the priest and Elder.
Let us worship Him, our True God.

 

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