Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Presentation of the Lord

"Forty days have passed since we celebrated
the joyful feast of the Nativity of the Lord.
Today is the blessed day
when Jesus was presented in the Temple by Mary and Joseph.
Outwardly he was fulfilling the Law,
but in reality he was coming to meet his believing people.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit,
Simeon and Anna came to the Temple.
Enlightened by the same Spirit,
they recognized the Lord
and confessed him with exultation.
So let us also, gathered together by the Holy Spirit,
proceed to the house of God to encounter Christ.
There we shall find him
and recognize him in the breaking of the bread,
until he comes again, revealed in glory."

~from the "Introduction" for the procession and the blessing of candles on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (a.k.a. Beato Angelico), Presentation, San Marco, Florence