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.