Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Tonight we celebrate the Divine Liturgy of the Great Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple better known as the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord (February the 2nd).


Troparion to the Feast the Meeting of the Lord

More reading: 
Exodus 12:15-13:16; Leviticus 12; Numbers 8; Isaiah 6:1-12, and 19:1,3-5,12,16,19-21; Luke 2:25-32 and 2:22-40; Hebrews 7:7-17 


The Poetry of the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord

Kontakion (Tone 1)

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Simeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom you love, as only the loving one.

The Doxastica at the Litia Procession (Tone 5)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Search the Scriptures, as Christ our God said in the Gospels; for there we shall see Him born and wrapped in swaddling clothes, a suckling babe feeding on milk; accepting circumcision, borne in the arms of Simeon, and appearing to the world, not in fancy or imagination, but in truth. Wherefore, let us shout to Him, saying: O God before eternity, glory to Thee.

Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
The Ancient of Days, having become a babe in the flesh, is brought to the Temple by a Virgin Mother, thus fulfilling the statute of His own Law. Receiving Him, Simeon said: Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, O Lord.



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