Simeon’s Song

 

 

he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation (Luke 2:28-30)

Saint Ephraim the Syrian: “Symeon, the priest, when he took Him up in his arms to present Him before God, understood as he saw Him that he was not presenting Him, but was being himself presented. For the Son was not presented by the servant to His Father, but the servant was presented by the Son to his Lord. For it is not possible that He, by Whom every offering is presented, should be presented by another. So that He Who receives offerings gave Himself to be offered by another, that those who presented Him, might themselves be presented by Him.” ……. “He who was priest said and testified that he was offered as an offering, that from the midst of the perishing world he should go and be stored up in the treasure house which is kept safe.”

[Homily on Our Lord, in Nicene, § 48, 2nd Ser., XIII:327.]

 

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