Let us too stand in the Temple

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


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.”

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