"A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles"

Righteous Symeon, while holding the Infant Christ, concluded his praise to God with a prophecy: "my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:30-32). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Symeon prophesied, as Isaiah once did (see Isaiah 49:6), that Jesus Christ is the light and Savior of the whole world. It is this light that will shine on all the pagan nations, freeing them from the darkness of ignorance of the true God.

Now You are letting Your Servant Depart in Peace”

When the righteous Symeon held the Holy Infant in his arms at the Temple of Jerusalem, he prostrated his soul before Almighty God, glorifying the majesty of His Divinity with these words:

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,

According to Your word;

For my eyes have seen Your salvation …”

In the previous Homily, we began our examination of the Song (Praise) of Symeon by highlighting two major themes that can be found in the text. We continue now with a third, which is the desire to peacefully end our earthly journey, allowing our souls to enter the heavenly kingdom.

At every Vespers, we hear the prayer: Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen your salvation ..." (Luke 2: 29-31). As St. Luke the Evangelist writes, it is with these words that the Righteous Symeon praised and thanked God, when he took the 40 day old baby Jesus in his arms, while in the Temple of Jerusalem.

We often hear in the Divine LIturgy and other Holy Services of the Church prayers and supplications before God that are related to mercy,” such as: "Have mercy on us,O God, according to your great mercy...”; “ For you, O God, are merciful and love mankind ... "; By the mercy and compassion and love for man of Your Only-begotten Son...” These and many other similar expressions are heard repeatedly in our common worship, appealing to the merciful God.

In the Divine Liturgy, and also in every holy Service of our Church, the most frequent prayer we hear to God is Lord, have mercy. Every petition offered by the celebrant, whether it is at the start of the Divine Liturgy, the Vespers, Matins, or all Services, ends with the words ...let us pray to the Lord”- and the people respond with Lord, have mercy.Where the Sacred Mysteries are offered, this is done. It is the same with the other petitions, which begin with We also pray for…” The people respond with Lord, have mercy,sometimes only once, but it can be three times, twelve times, or even forty times! 

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