Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace
according to Thy
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation:
which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all people.
A light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and to be the glory of Thy people Israel [Luke 2:29-32]
St. Symeon had waited many, many years, serving in the Temple to see the Messiah. He had been promised that he would not die until this happened.
From this feast we also have the tradition of the churching of women forty days after childbirth. The Theotokos of all people had no need of purification, but she humbled herself in obedience to the law.
Troparion of the feast
- Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace!
- From thee shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God.
- Enlightening those who sat in darkness!
- Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder;
- You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,
- Who grants us the Resurrection.
Here are a few pictures of the churching of me and Ribby in 1999. I absolutely love the part where the priest places the baby on the top step of the ambo. [We all look so young.]
This feast is also called Candlemas since beeswax candles are blessed for use in the church and the home all year. These candles can be burned in the home as a blessing during times of sickness, trouble, depression, etc.
|beeswax candles blessed this morning.|
And 14 years ago today Father and I joined the Church. The best decision we ever made.