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quod pro nobis traditum est

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Nunc Dimittis - then and now

Haec dicit Dóminus Deus: Ecce ego mitto Angelum meum, et praeparábit viam ante fáciem meam. Et statim véniet ad templum suum Dominátor, quem vos quaeritis, et Angelus testaménti, quem vos vultis . . .

These words of the Lord by the prophet Malachi (3:1ff) speak of the Lord's sending of His Angel to His Temple. When it was time for Mary's purification, Jesus' parents brought Jesus to the Temple and presented Him there (Luke 2:22-32).

Jesus would be the sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. On this day the Nunc Dimíttis is emphasized, it is found in the Gospel, Antiphon, etc.:

Now Thou dost dismiss Thy Servant, O Lord,
according to Thy word in peace;
because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples . . .

Among those receiving the blessed Eucharist these words are a fitting echo for we have seen and received the Lord's salvation. He, born of the Blessed Virgin, purifies us of our sins.