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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Praying Through Art

Guido_Da_Siena_-_Presentation_of_Jesus_at_the_Temple_-_WGA10986 wikimedia commons


Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Praying Through Art

At the Presentation of the Lord, Mary and Joseph present Jesus to God in the Temple as prescribed by law; Simeon and Anna are also present.

“In honor of the divine mystery that we celebrate today, let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be eager to join the procession and to carry a light.

“Our light candles are a sign of the divine splendor of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.

“The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness. We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him.

“The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows; the Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness …” (From a sermon by Saint Sophronius, bishop, from the second reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours).

Art: Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Guido da Siena, 1270s, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography.

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    That is a beautiful painting of Holy Family presenting the Lord in the temple. 

  • LizEst

    Wonderful! Thank you Ariel. Would you tell us a little about yourself, please? I clicked on the “about” button, but it just gives a listing of your posts.

    • She updated her bio…

      • LizEst

        Nice. Thanks Dan. If the update has been there for a while, I guess I just missed it. Sorry about that…and congrats! Beautiful daughter inside and out!

        • We certainly agree on that! Thank you.

  • LizEst

    Here is a beautiful song and video about Simeon just posted the other day:

    • Oh, LizEst….that was a beautiful Video for the Feast.  And how wonderful it closes
      with a lighted Candle……looks like the final Image of Simeon was taken from the old vernacular illustrated Bible we had those many, many years ago.  

      We had a beautiful Eucharistic Celebration when our Cardinal led all the Ordained and Consecrated, the Seminarians and the Postulants, “Workers in the Lord’s Vineyard” of the Archdiocese of Nairobi to present themselves to the Lord.  Their Superiors entered the Basilica with lighted Candles.  It was a sight to behold…..the huge 4,000-capacity Cathedral filled with Priests, Men and Women Religious and us, the Faithful Celebrating this Holy Day.

      • LizEst

        It sounds like a beautiful celebration. Thanks for sharing that with us, Mary. God bless you.

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