Aert de Gelder (1645-1727) “Simeon’s Song of Praise” circa 1700-1710
Oil on canvas Height: 94.5 cm (37.2 in). Width: 107.5 cm (42.3 in).
Royal Picture Gallery
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Friday, January 4, 2013
Advent began with Zechariah in the Temple when Gabriel announced to him the conception of John the Baptist. Once again we are in the Temple with another aged man and woman who have been waiting and praying for salvation for God’s people—Simeon and Anna. Mary and Joseph arrive to fulfill the requirements of the law, yet the Holy Spirit does the filling; three times the Spirit is referenced in verses 25 to 27.
Even as Zechariah’s hymn, the Benedictus has been the centuries-old conclusion to the Church’s Morning Prayer, so is Simeon’s Nunc Dimittis the Church’s Night Prayer. It is a brief hymn, easy to memorize, so appropriate to pray as each day closes, especially this week after Christmas and the Epiphany season coming.
As Simeon, take the Child into your arms and ask the Spirit to tell you how the salvation of the Lord was at work for you this day.
The Reading for Today
This is Christmas Week, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Fridays in Year C are dedicated to the Gospel of St. Luke.