Rev. Myron Myronyuk, Cathedral Assistant, blessed candles at the 9am Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA on February 2, 2011. The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple/Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna.
About the Feast Day...
According to the Law of Moses, all Hebrew parents must bring their first born son on the fortieth day after birth to the Temple to be consecrated to God. In fulfillment of this law, the Mother of God with Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Thus, forty days after Christmas, on the second of February, the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation called the Encounter (Meeting or Presentation).
It was revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen Christ the Lord.
When Mary with Joseph brought the infant Jesus, Simeon met the Child, took Him in his arms, and glorifying God said, “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou has prepared before the face of all peoples, a light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel."