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The Presentation of our Lord and Saviour in the Temple


The Pre­sen­ta­tion of Our Lord and Sav­ior in the Tem­ple: When the most pure Moth­er and Ever-Vir­gin Mary’s forty days of purifi­ca­tion had been ful­filled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the for­ti­eth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the tem­ple accord­ing to the Law of Moses, which teach­es that every first-born male child be ded­i­cat­ed to God, and also that she might offer the sac­ri­fice of a pair of tur­tle-doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Law (Luke 2:22–24; Exod. 13:2; Lev. 12:6–8). On this same day, a just and devout man, the great­ly aged Syme­on, was also present in the tem­ple, being guid­ed by the Holy Spir­it. For a long time, this man had been await­ing the sal­va­tion of God, and he had been informed by divine rev­e­la­tion that he would not die until he beheld the Lord’s Christ. Thus, when he beheld Him at that time and took Him up into his aged arms, he gave glo­ry to God, singing: “Now lettest Thou Thy ser­vant depart in peace, O Mas­ter…” And he con­fessed that he would close his eyes joy­ful­ly, since he had seen the Light of rev­e­la­tion for the nations and the Glo­ry of Israel (Luke 2:25–32). From ancient times, the Holy Church has retained this tra­di­tion of the church­ing of the moth­er and new-born child on the for­ti­eth day and of the read­ing of prayers of purifi­ca­tion. The Apo­dosis of the Feast of the Meet­ing in the Tem­ple is usu­al­ly on the 9th of Feb­ru­ary. This, how­ev­er, may vary if the Feast falls with­in the peri­od of the Tri­o­di­on. Should this occur, the Typ­i­con should be con­sult­ed for spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the Apo­dosis of the Feast. Apoly­tikion in First Mode Hail Vir­gin Theotokos full of Grace, for Christ our God, the Sun of Right­eous­ness, has dawned from you, grant­i­ng light to those in dark­ness. And you, O Right­eous Elder, rejoice, tak­ing in your arms, the Deliv­er­ance of our souls, who grants us Res­ur­rec­tion. Kon­takion in First Mode Your birth sanc­ti­fied a Virgin’s womb and prop­er­ly blessed the hands of Syme­on. 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.

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