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Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Candlemas Day)

February 2

Epistle  •  Malachias 3:1-4

Lesson from the Prophet Malachias.

[The prophet foretells the coming of Christ the Lord to His Temple, Himself the Sacrifice which “shall please the Lord.”]

Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I send My Angel, and he shall prepare the way before My face; and presently the Lord, Whom you seek, and the Angel of the testament, Whom you desire, shall come to His temple. Behold He cometh, saith the Lord of hosts; and who shall be able to think of the day of His coming? and who shall stand to see Him?

For He is like the fuller’s herb; and He shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years; saith the Lord almighty.

Gospel  •  Luke 2:22-32

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.  

[The Presentation of Christ in the temple; Simeon’s prophetic song of joy.]

At that time, after the days of Mary’s purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Jesus to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord; as it is written in the law of the Lord: “Every male opening the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord”; and to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Ghost was in him: and he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple.

And when His parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he also took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.