Simeon’s song of praise by Aert de Gelder c.1700s, via Wikimedia Commons
Let us too stand in the Temple
and hold God’s Son
and embrace him;
that we may deserve leave to depart
and start on our way toward a better land,
let us pray to God, the all-powerful,
and to the little Jesus himself,
whom we so much want to speak to
and hold in our arms.
His are glory and power now and always.
Origen, 185—254 Alexandrian Theologian
The Macmillan Book of Earliest Christian Prayers slightly modified
Simeon took [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”