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Thursday, February 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 2:22-40.

Presentation of the Lord – Feast

2 February 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

Master, you may let your servant go in peace,

according to your word,for my eyes have seen your salvation,


Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:22-40.

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,”
and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine,USCCB

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2017

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Msgr. Sam Bianco


Daily TV Mass Thursday, February 2, 2017


Presentation of the Lord – Feast

2 February 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Bernard

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Saint Bernard


Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church

1st sermon for the Purification

“The Lord whom you are seeking will suddenly enter his temple” (Mal 3 :1)

Today the Virgin Mary brings the Lord of the temple into the temple of the Lord. And Joseph, too, takes along there to the Lord that son who is not his own but is the beloved Son in whom God has set all his favor (Mt 3:17). Simeon, the just man, recognizes the one for whom he was waiting; Anna, the widow, gives him praise. For the first time a procession is celebrated on this day by these four people, a procession that would subsequently be celebrated with joy by the whole world… Do not be astonished that this procession is so small since he is also very small whom the temple receives. But there are no sinners in that place: all are righteous, all are saints, all are perfect.

Are these the only ones you are going to save, Lord? Your body is going to grow greater, your tenderness will also increase… Now I see a second procession in which great crowds precede the Lord and crowds follow him: it is no longer the Virgin who bears him but a little donkey. So he despises no one…, if at least those garments of apostles are not lacking them (Mt 21:7): their doctrine, habits, and the charity that covers over a multitude of sins (1Pt 4:8). But I will go even further and say that he has saved a place in that procession for us as well… David, king and prophet, rejoiced to see that day: “he saw it and was glad” (Jn 8:56). If he had not, would he have sung the words: “We have received, O God, your mercy in the midst of Thy temple”? (Ps 47[48]:8). David received this mercy from the Lord, Simeon received it, and we, too, have received it as have all those predestined for life, since “Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever” (Heb 13:8)…

So let us take to ourselves this mercy we have received in the midst of the temple and, like blessed Anna, let us not distance ourselves from it. For “God’s temple is holy and you are that temple” says the apostle Paul (1Cor 3:17). This mercy is close to you; “the word of God is very close to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart” (Rm 10:8). Indeed, doesn’t Christ dwell in your hearts by faith? (Eph 3:17) That is his temple that is his throne… Yes, it is in our hearts that we receive mercy, in our hearts that Christ dwells, in our hearts he whispers words of peace to his people, his saints, everyone who returns to their heart.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2017


Presentation of the Lord – Feast

2 February 2017

The Presentation of the Lord –


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The Presentation of Child Jesus in the Temple

The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as “The Encounter.” In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as “Candlemas.” The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

“In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another ‘epiphany’ celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or ‘Candlemas,’ was of great importance.

Until 1969, the ancient feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, which is of Oriental origin, was known in the West as the feast of the Purification of Our Lady, and closed the Christmas Cycle, forty days after the Lord’s birth. This feast has for long been associated with many popular devotional exercises. The faithful:

  • participate in the processions commemorating the Lord’s entry into the Temple in Jerusalem and His encounter with God, whose house He had come to for the first time. Then with Simeon and Anna they welcome the Christ child as Messiah. Simeon and Anna were two venerable elderly people dedicated to prayer and fasting and so their strong religious spirit rendered them able to recognize the Messiah. Such processions were later identified with the blessing of candles which were carried in procession in honor of Christ, ‘the light to enlighten the Gentiles’ (Lk 2, 32);
  • are sensitive to the actions of the Blessed Virgin in presenting her Son in the Temple, and to her submission to the Law of Moses (Lk 12, 1-8) in the rite of purification; popular piety sees in the rite of purification the humility of Our Lady and hence, 2 February has long been regarded as a feast for those in humble service.
  • pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life. In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord as a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. As this Feast is recognizes Christ who is the light of the world through a procession with blessed candles, so those in consecrated life are called to reflect light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2017


Presentation of the Lord – Feast

2 February 2017

Saints of the day

St. Theophane Venard,

Priest & Martyred



Priest and martyr

        St. Theophane was a French missionary, born on November 21, 1829, and originally from the Diocese of Poitiers. He entered into the Foreign Missions and was ordained priest June 5, 1852. He departed for the Far East on September 19, the same year.

        After fifteen months at Hong Kong he arrived at his mission in West Tonkin, where the Christians had recently been tried by a series of persecutions under Minh-Menh, a monster of cruelty. Shortly after Father Venard’s arrival a new royal edict was issued against Christians, and bishops and priests were obliged to seek refuge in caves, dense woods, and elsewhere. Father Venard, whose constitution had always been delicate, suffered almost constantly, but continued to exercise his ministry at night, and, more boldly, in broad day.

On November 30, 1860, he was betrayed and captured. Tried before a mandarin, he refused to apostatize and was sentenced to be beheaded. He remained a captive, chained in a cage for months, from which he wrote to his family beautiful and consoling letters, joyful in anticipation of his crown. His bishop, Mgr Retord, wrote of him at this time: “Though in chains, he is as gay as a little bird”. 

        He was martyred on February 2, 1861.

        Theophane Venard was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2017


Presentation of the Lord – Feast

2 February 2017

Saints of the day

St. Catherine de Ricci




        Alexandrina of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. At the age of thirteen she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic in the monastery of Prato, taking in religion the name of Catherine, after her patron and namesake of Siena.

        Her special attraction was to the Passion of Christ, in which she was permitted miraculously to participate. In the Lent of 1541, being then twenty-one years of age, she had a vision of the crucifixion so heart-rending that she was confined to bed for three weeks, and was only restored, on Holy Saturday, by an apparition of St. Mary Magdalene and Jesus risen. During twelve years she passed every Friday in ecstasy, She received the sacred stigmata, the wound in the left side, and the crown of thorns.

        All these favors gave her continual and intense  suffering, and inspired her with a loving sympathy for the yet more bitter tortures of the Holy Souls. In their behalf she offered all her prayers and penances; and her charity toward them became so famous throughout Tuscany that after every death the friends of the deceased hastened to Catherine to secure her prayers.

        St. Catherine offered many prayers, fasts, and penances for a certain great man, and thus obtained his salvation. It was revealed to her that he was in purgatory; and such was her love of Jesus crucified that she offered to suffer all the pains about to be inflicted on that soul. Her prayer was granted. The soul entered heaven, and for forty days Catherine suffered indescribable agonies. Her body was covered with blisters, emitting heat so great that her cell seemed on fire. Her flesh appeared as if roasted, and her tongue like red-hot iron. Amid all she was calm and joyful, saying, “I long to suffer all imaginable pains, that souls may quickly see and praise their Redeemer.” She knew by revelation the arrival of a soul in. purgatory, and the hour of its release.

        She held intercourse with the Saints in glory, and frequently conversed with St. Philip Neri at Rome without ever leaving her convent at Prato.

        She died, amid angels’ songs, in 1589.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.


“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love you.”








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