Icon of the Presentation of the Lord (15th cent.)

Icon of the Presentation of the Lord (15th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.
Mock gold.

Feast day: February 15 (Gregorian calendar), February 2 (Julian calendar) 

One of the Twelve Great Feasts celebrated in 40 days after the Nativity. The Mother of God and Joseph the Betrothed presented the Babe to the Temple in accordance with an ancient Jewish rule. Righteous Simeon who had had a prophecy from the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he saw the Saviour, recognized the Baby. 'Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles...' (Luke 2:29-33). Anna the Prophetess, an 84 years old woman who had fasted and prayed night and day, was present there and told all the people expecting the Saviour about His coming. The event itself and the Feast are interpreted as a meeting of the outgoing Old Testament era with the new period in the history of mankind.

Troparion, Tone 4 
Rejoice, Thou Who art full of grace, Mother of God and Virgin, for from Thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, to give light to those in darkness. Rejoice thou also, righteous Elder, who didst take in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who also gives us the grace of resurrection.

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