The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple(Luke 2:22- 40)-February 2
the young-the old
Pope Francis said the Presentation is
“a meeting between the young full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord and the elderly full of joy by the action of the Holy Spirit.”
“It is a singular meeting between observance and prophecy,”
Simeon, who had been promised that “he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ”, prays the prayer that would become known as the Nunc Dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus.
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 .
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”. The 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