Sunday, February 18, 2018

Meeting of the Lord, and Cheese-fare Sunday

Two liturgical observances: St. Symeon Holding the Logos, The Word of God, the Christ Child-The Meeting of the Lord, and "Cheese-fare Sunday": The Expulsion from Paradise of Adam and Eve (Forgiveness Sunday)-

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Dan Everiss

Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Jesus Presented at the Temple:

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

The Prophecy of Simeon
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said:

29   Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word,  for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel!

33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

St. Symeon the God-bearer

Cheese-fare Sunday, Forgiveness Sunday: From the Synaxarion: "On this day we commemorate the falling away of first-created Adam from the food of Paradise".

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