quod pro nobis traditum est

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Today is one of the Great Feasts of the Church celebrating the life of our Lord described in the Holy Gospel of St. Luke 2:22-32. This feast commemorates the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple and the ever Virgin Mary fulfilling the customary Mosaic law of purification.

In the traditional liturgy candles are blessed, hence a traditional name given to this day is Candlemas Day. This is one of 3 blessings during the year, other times being the blessing of the palms and blessing of the ashes. (The blessing of the water during the sacred Triduum may also be included.) Other names of this feast are "'Feast of Light' ('Lichtmess' in German) or 'Feast of the Candles' ('Candelaria' in Spanish, and 'La Fête de la Chandeleur' in French)"(1)

A connection between the historic liturgy and the daily, or weekly, celebration of the Sacrament of the Altar among the Lutherans is found in this feast in the Nunc Dimittis.

"During the Distribution, the Nunc Dimittis -- the Canticle of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) -- is sung:

Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, In peace, according to Thy word: For mine own eyes hath seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples, A light to reveal Thee to the nations And the glory of Thy people Israel.

Latin Version: Nunc Dimittis Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine Secundum verbum tuum in pace: Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Lumen ad revelationem gentium, Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel."(2)

Receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord we are dismissed in God's peace according to His word. Jesus is light given to reveal God.