Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

The detail above of Simeon and Anna recognizing the savior is from a larger work by the 14th century artist Lorenzetti Ambrogio. You can see the complete work right here.

This day is also known as Candlemas. It commemorates the occasion when St. Simeon recited the Nunc Dimittis. I'm offering you a translation in English and the truly ethereal setting by Rachmaninoff:

Lord, now Thou lettest Thy servant depart,
According to Thy word, in peace.
For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation
Thou has prepared before the face of all people,
A Light to illuminate the Gentiles
And the glory of Thy people Israel.


  1. And we can't forget Mary, who was there and listened to it all, pondered and kept it in her heart.

  2. Yes, indeed. When I was growing up, this day was called the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    I picked the art detail above because so many paintings of the Presentation show Simeon without the prophetess Anna and this was an exception. Anna has long been an inspiration for me as she lived out her vocation, really, as a solitary nun - an anchoress. Her vocation was to recognize and to praise. I love that.

  3. I love Anna too, and I could see how she is special to you. I wonder how many other women were there and other places.....that never made it in to Scriptures.

  4. Thank you again for the incredibly beautiful music Ellie.

    annie c


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