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You Are Worthy

You are worthy, our Lord and God:
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you have created all things:
and by your will
they were created and have their being.
You are worthy O Christ,
for you were slain:
and by your blood have ransomed us for God,
ransomed us from every tribe and people
and nation:
and made us a royal house of priests
to our God.
To the One who is seated on the throne
and to the Lamb:
be blessing and honour, glory and might,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Gospel Reading - The presentation of the child Jesus

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22When the time came for Mary’s purification offering at the Temple, as required by the laws of Moses after the birth of a child, his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord; 23for in these laws God had said, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he shall be dedicated to the Lord.”

24At that time Jesus’ parents also offered their sacrifice for purification—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” was the legal requirement. 25That day a man named Simeon, a Jerusalem resident, was in the Temple. He was a good man, very devout, filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly expecting the Messiaha to come soon. 26For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen him—God’s anointed King. 27The Holy Spirit had impelled him to go to the Temple that day; and so, when Mary and Joseph arrived to present the baby Jesus to the Lord in obedience to the law, 28Simeon was there and took the child in his arms, praising God.

29-31“Lord,” he said, “now I can die content! For I have seen him as you promised me I would. I have seen the Savior you have given to the world. 32He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”

33Joseph and Mary just stood there, marveling at what was being said about Jesus.

34-35Simeon blessed them but then said to Mary, “A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy of many others. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed.”

36-37Anna, a prophetess, was also there in the Temple that day. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the Jewish tribe of Asher, and was very old, for she had been a widow for eighty-four years following seven years of marriage. She never left the Temple but stayed there night and day, worshiping God by praying and often fasting.

38She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she also began thanking God and telling everyone in Jerusalem who had been awaiting the coming of the Saviorb that the Messiah had finally arrived.

. . . . .Luke 2:22-38
  1. Literally, “the Consolation of Israel.”
  2. Literally, “looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.