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A Light for Revelation, and for Glory to thy People

February 13th, 2014    |    No Comments »

On Friday, February 14, the Armenian Church will observe the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, a beautiful story from the infancy of Jesus, in which he is confirmed as the Holy Messiah or Christ—the world’s long-awaited savior. In Armenian, it is known as Dyarnuntarach, or “the bringing forward of the Lord.”

Forty days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph brought the baby to the temple, as was the pious custom at the time. There they encountered Simeon, an elderly and devout Jew who had prayed to God to keep him alive so he would see the savior promised to mankind.

When Simeon saw Mary and her baby, he sensed God’s presence, and said: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)

Click here to read a meditation on the Presentation, taken from our Primate’s 2006 Christmas message, “A Light for Revelation, and for Glory to thy People.”

The Presentation at the Temple, The Gospel of Khizan (1499)