Inspiring Masterpieces Celebrate The Presentation of Jesus

Simeon’s Moment by Ron DiCianni © 2013. Image used by Permission

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,” 

Fra Bartolommeo (di Pagholo) OP (1472 – 1517)


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.

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The Presentation of the Lord


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

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14 thoughts on “Inspiring Masterpieces Celebrate The Presentation of Jesus

  1. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting these! I was actually super lucky to find a puzzle of “Simeon’s Moment” at the thrift store a few years back. I just love that image!


  2. Stunning! I love to explore our Faith through the eyes of the great artists! These are wonderful! I especially love the first one by Ron DiCianni. One I’ve never seen!


  3. Pope Francis also said in his homily during Mass in St Peter’s yesterday, the Feast of the Presentation: ‘In short, these two elders [Simeon and Anna] are full of life! They are full of life because they are animated by the Holy Spirit, obedient to his action, sensitive to his calls . . .’ In my experience children and young people are instinctively drawn to old people who are full of life, filled with joy. It’s a kind of joy that only old people can have. One of my late Columban confreres, Fr Eddie Allen, who died here in the Philippines in 2001, more than two years after a stroke that had incapacitated him, radiated life and joy to those taking care of him. After a crisis one night where he himself and those of us around him were sure he was dying when I gave him the Last Rites and we said our goodbyes, he pulled through. The nurses were joking with him the following morning, ‘You were only practising last night, Father!’ Their joking reflected their profound respect for his deep and joyful faith that gave them strength in taking care of him.


  4. Father Coyle thank you for sharing that story! I heard the Pope’s message this week on the radio — what a tremendous blessing he is.
    Melanie these are beautiful. Who painted the one near the top, on the left by itself? It is so realistic and beautiful.


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