Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Forty days ago we celebrated the joyful feast
Of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we recall the holy day on which
He was presented in the temple, fulfilling the law of Moses
And at the same time going to meet his faithful people.
Led by the Spirit, Simeon and Anna came to the temple,
Recognised Christ as their Lord, and proclaimed him with joy.
United by the Spirit,
May we now go to the house of God to welcome Christ the Lord.
There shall we recognise him in the breaking of bread
Until he comes again in glory.
God our Father, source of all light,
Today you revealed to Simeon
Your light of revelation to the nations.
Bless these candles and make them holy.
May we who carry them to praise your glory
Walk in the path of goodness
And come to the light that shines forever.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The world, of course, paid no attention to this day, for it has no commercial significance and there is no money to be made. Yet what a moment to recall when the Lord was proclaimed a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel.
As readers and communicants busy themselves on this day with their family and work commitments, or fret over the slide in Mr Cameron's poll ratings or the plight of Mr Conway who appears to have