Pastoral Letter February 4, 2018

“Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection” – Hymn of The Presentation of Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today we celebrate Christ’s Presentation into the Temple. This event is one of the Twelve Feasts of our Lord. On this day, 40 days following His birth, He is brought into the Temple as the Law prescribes. He is offered unto God. Of course, He IS God.

By being held in the arms of Symeon, His humanity is once again affirmed, while His Divinity is proclaimed as Symeon offers up one of the most beautiful prayers ever spoken:

“Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace. According to Your Word. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people. A Light for the revelation of the Gentiles, and glory to your People, Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)

With this simple prayer, Jesus Christ is affirmed as the Salvation of the world. He is lifted up as the Author of that salvation. He is the revealer of salvation to the Gentile world. He is the glory; the Messiah, sent to deliver the Jews from death and grant His children eternal life.

Today’s Feast is but another example of Christ submitting to the Law, in order that we may follow His precious lead. I pray that today brings countless blessings upon those who love and fear Him.

With Love in Christ,
Fr. Anthony