Pastoral Message for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
February 2, 2016
“Say, O Simeon, Whom carriest thou in the Temple in thine arms with rejoicing? Towards Whom dost thou cry, shouting, Now I have been let to depart; for I have beheld my Savior. This is He born of the Virgin. This is the Word, God of God, Who wast incarnate for our sakes, and saved man. Him let us worship.”
(From the Stichera of Great Vespers for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord)
We greet you with love and joy on this Holy Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ into the Temple. The verse from the Great Vespers of the holy feast which is quoted above transmits to us the essence of this holy feast.