Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Known originally as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a relatively ancient celebration. The Church at Jerusalem observed the feast as early as the first half of the fourth century, & likely earlier. The feast celebrates the presentation of Christ in the temple at Jerusalem on the fortieth day after His birth.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin (from "Saint Quote of the Week"):
This Thursday, 2 February, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. It's one of my favorite feast days. Mary & Joseph present the baby Jesus in the Temple (much like we do to have our babies baptized). When Simeon sees Jesus, he says the following words:'Tis also the feast of Saint Bruno of Saxony, Martyr (circa 830-880, A.K.A. of Ebsdorf), Duke of Saxony, martyred in battle against the Great Heathen Army, one of the Ebsdorf Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Ebsdorf & Wikipedia-link Ebsdorf.
"Now, Master, You may let Your servant go in peace, according to Your Word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You prepared in sight of all peoples."
I always find these words inspiring. It's as though he is saying that whatever happenes that day, we can be at peace because we have Jesus with us.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Catherine of Ricci, Religious, T.O.S.D. (1522-1590), stigmatic: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine.
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Malachi, chapter three, verses one thru four;
Psalm Twenty-four, verses seven thru ten;
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter two, verses fourteen thru eighteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter two, verses twenty-two thru forty;
(or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter two, verses twenty-two thru thirty-two).
The Book of Job, chapter twenty-nine (verses one thru twenty);
The Book of Job, chapter thirty (verses one thru thirty-one);
The Book of Job, chapter thirty (verses one thru thirty-seven).
Commentary: V: Job's Final Summary of His Cause (29, 30, & 31, inclusive).