The presentation refers to the Lord’s festivals, devoted to Christ, but in its liturgical content, it exclusively close to the holidays-Holy virgin
The Abbot of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul congratulated Orthodox Christians on the feast of the presentation of the Lord, which will be celebrated on 15 February, reports Rus.Media.
“This holiday gives mothers the opportunity to undergo a period of purification, come to the Church and to dedicate their child to God’s service. Those mothers who do it happy. They know that the House of God, their child will not disappear”, – he said.
As we know, only in the fourth century the Holy Church began to celebrate this holiday. Meeting humanity in the face of the elder Simeon the God became the Christian holiday Candlemas. On the day when Jesus ‘ parents came to the temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifice for the birth of the firstborn male, as prescribed by Jewish law, Simeon was inspired to come into the temple, and there took the child on hands, said the blessing, from which the famous song “Now dismiss Thy servant, o Lord”. Then Simeon turned to the mother of God with the prophetic words “and said to Mary His mother: Behold, This many appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and a sign of bickering, and You have the sword soul flash – exposing the thoughts of many hearts”.
Historians say that Simeon lived for over 300 years.
The bringing to the Temple the infant Jesus Christ, his parents took place on the 40th day after Christmas and on the 32nd day after the Circumcision.