Thursday, February 15, 2007

Julian-calendar Byzantine Rite feast-day: Meeting of the Lord (Candlemas)
 GOD-BEARING Simeon, come and raise up Christ to whom the Virgin gave birth.
Simeon the Elder receiveth in his arms the Maker of the Law and Master of all.
The aged Simeon doth not hold me but I uphold him, for he asketh me to let him depart.
O mystical Tongs, how dost thou carry the Coal? How dost thou nourish him who giveth food to all?

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