February 2, 2018 . . .
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word;
for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to thy people Israel.”
From the Antiphon for the Magnificat:
An aged man carried a Child,
but the Child guided the aged man.
The Virgin who had given birth to Him
remained a Virgin after childbearing;
Him Whom she bore she adored.
Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly beseech Thy majesty,
that as Thine only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple
in the substance of our flesh,
so too Thou wouldst grant us to be presented unto Thee with purified souls.
Through the same Christ our Lord.