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Monday, February 2, 2015

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The Presentation (Candlemas)

The Presentation (Candlemas)

Candlemas is always the 40th day of Christmas, or February 2, when, according to the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple. In 2018, in addition to celebrating Candlemas on Friday, February 2, we also are celebrating on Sunday, February 4 so that the maximum number of people can participate and so that we can hear music associated with the feast day. Here is the account beginning at verse 22 of Luke, chapter 2: And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (as it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 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; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. This passage reveals not only yet another epiphany (another revelation that this Jesus is Christ), but it also gives our tradition a great Christmas gift: Simeon's Song, also known as the Nunc dimittis, which the choir sings at every Choral Evensong.

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thee that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Open Doors ID: 102422; [261 words]
7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Each day we welcome hundreds of friends, neighbors and visitors, who come to worship, pray and quietly explore. If you find yourself in the middle of Midtown with some time on your hands, please stop by. You won't regret it. If you enter the church during a worship service, please join us. Simply have a...

Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist ID: 102423; 3 pers.; 9 prog.; [0 words]
8:00 AM
Holy Eucharist ID: 102424; 3 pers.; 5 prog.; [0 words]
12:10 PM
Overeaters Anonymous ID: 102425; [5 words]
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This 12-step group meets weekly.

Theology Class - Abraham: Return to Genesis ID: 102426; [260 words]
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Fr Austin leads this study of the overal "narrative arc" of the Bible stories of Abraham.

Evening Prayer & Holy Eucharist ID: 102427; 3 pers.; 9 prog.; [0 words]
5:30 PM

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