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The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

On February 1 at 6:30 we will celebrate festal Vigil for the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. The next morning, February 2, at 9:30 we will serve the Divine Liturgy for the feast. The account of the meeting of the Lord in the temple is told in Luke 2:22-40. Jesus is brought by his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, to the temple to be offered to God as was the custom. The righteous elder, Simeon, seeing the infant Jesus declares in prayer that he may now depart this life in peace, having seen the Messiah, and prophesies that this child is “destined for the fall and rising of many peoples.”  We will reflect on these things and many others in these services; in hymns and prayers, uniting ourselves to Christ.