Presentation of the Lord

"The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple" (detail) - Guido of Siena [Public domain]

Presenting the Present

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Readings:Malachi 3:1–4Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10Hebrews 2:14–18Luke 2:22–40 Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to […]

Candlemas—A Light to the Nations

February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple.  It  commemorates Simeon’s famous prophecy that Jesus would be a “light of revelation to the Gentiles.”  It is also known as Candlemas since it is the day that candles are blessed for use throughout the Church year. The Mass readings for the Feast of the […]

Living Liturgically… or Why My Tree is Still Up

Tomorrow, my Christmas tree comes down. Most people would call me a procrastinator or lazy. But it’s for neither of those reasons. It’s one way I can live liturgically. The Christmas Season The Christmas season, as I’ve mentioned here before, is one of the more confusing seasons to figure out. There is the octave of Christmas which lasts eight days, […]

The Preparation of Simeon

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which recalls the first time the Messiah entered the Temple. In Luke 2:22-40, we hear of the Holy Family traveling to Jerusalem for Mary’s purification (see Leviticus 12:2-8). Even though Mary, free from sin, did not require purification, she submitted to the Law, just as the Son of God […]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

“And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts […]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II on The Presentation of the Lord

“In the mysterious encounter between Simeon and Mary, the Old and New Testaments are joined. Together the ageing prophet and the young mother give thanks for this Light which has kept the darkness from prevailing. It is the Light which shines in the heart of human life: Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, ‘a light for revelation to the […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Candlemas — The Light to the Nations

I’ve led groups of pilgrims to Jerusalem.  One time, as we stood at the foot of the Temple Mount and remembered the Presentation of Jesus, several people had questions.  There were questions about the redemption of the first-born son.  About the rite of purification after childbirth.  About how to put Matthew and Luke together in terms of chronology and geography—Bethlehem, […]