The Nativity cycle concludes today with observance of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple.
Lord, let your servant now die in peace, for you kept your promise.
With my own eyes I see the salvation you prepared for all peoples:
a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.
This poetic passage is known to anyone who prays Compline (Night Prayer). The Holy Family’s encounter with Simeon and Anna, both open and on the lookout for new possibilities, ends the infancy narratives in Luke’s gospel. If you’d like to sample some sacred music on this theme, consider the Australian program, For the God Who Sings, which features music of the Presentation feast in its February 1st edition.