Presentation of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

February 2, 2023

Encounter of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna

Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for Him according to the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms and blessed God, and said,

“Now You may dismiss Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a Light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for the glory of Your people Israel.” (Luke 2:25-32)

The icon is of the Encounter of the Lord with Simeon and Anna.

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Presentation of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion) 

1 Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Feast of St. Basil the Great; New Year's Day
6 Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
16 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
22 Sunday of Zacchaeus
29 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
30 Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

2 Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna (Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
5 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
11 First All-Souls Saturday
12 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
19 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
20 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast, President's Day (USA)
26 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI - May the Lord God grant to His servant, Pope Benedict XVI, a blessed repose in a place of peace, joy and light. Eternal Memory! 

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