Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
February 15 is nearing — the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, one of the most important for the Christian world. It refers to the holidays of the week and is celebrated annually on the same day. This celebration is dedicated to the meeting of humanity with Christ.
In the Gospel there is a narration about Simeon the God-bearer. He translated the Holy Scriptures from Hebrew into Greek and, translating the book of the Prophet Isaiah, considered the phrase incorrect «Behold, a virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son.» The angel stopped him from correcting the word «virgin» with the word «wife» and predicted that Simeon the God-bearer would be convinced of the truth of the prophecy of Isaiah.
The elder lived 360 years and died only when the baby Jesus was brought on the fortieth day of his life in the temple. It is this event that marks the meeting of man with the Lord. Simeon the God bearer of the torments of Christ in the name of mankind were also foretold. Best of all, the meaning and significance of the holiday is conveyed by the troparion performed on this day:
Rejoice, Gracious Mother of God the Virgin, and to you, the Sun of the Truth is Christ our God, enlighten your being in darkness: Have fun, too, older than the righteous, who receive our souls in the hands of the Free Giver, resurrection.
Traditions of the Presentation
Like most Christian holidays, the Meeting of the Lord has pagan traditions that have remained since ancient times. On this day, it is customary to light candles, which at this time become amulets. There is a direct connection with the tradition of the Slavs to kindle fires near the suburb in honor of the meeting of spring.
Later, several courtyards together made one large candle.
Worship for the Meeting
The holiday belongs to the Mother of God — dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main chants on this day are Troparion, Kontak, Zadostodnik and Glorification. At the all-night vigil, readings are read: the election of Jewish first-born children to serve the Lord, the vision of the prophet Isaiah about cleansing from sins, and the last, the contemplation of Egypt by the prophet Isaiah, where the Holy Family fled shortly after the Presentation.
Such divine services in honor of the bright holiday will be held in all churches on February 15. If you can not visit the temple, you can utter all the main chants at home in front of the icons yourself, thus celebrating the holiday
If you only set foot on the path of the Christian and know little about the traditions of church celebration, start with the most important prayer. Read “Our Father” and learn it by heart in order to strengthen your faith in difficult times.
The feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a bright and joyful day, having long traditions and customs that were combined with the Christian faith. May he be kind to you. Attend the temple of God and don’t forget to press the buttons and