Thursday, February 2, 2012

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace...

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 the sight of all the peoples:

a light for revelation to the Gentiles,

and glory for your people Israel.

~ From the Gospel of Saint Luke

These words from Saint Luke's Gospel which is an option for today's feast, are prayed each night at Compline -- the Office that closes our day and begins our time of sacred silence until the next morning.  In these short, yet poignant phrases, Simeon praises God for seeing the Messiah, and prophesies that Jesus will not only be a light for his own people, but also for all peoples. 

Tonight as you pray your final prayers, perhaps Simeon's words can be added and well as a few quiet moments to ponder this tremendous gift of faith that we have received from God.

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