The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
“The Fourth Joyful Mystery”
- Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
- According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
- Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
- Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
- Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
- God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
- Recognizing the Child, he prays: “Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word.”
- “This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed.”
- And to Mary Simeon reveals: “And your own soul a sword shall pierce.”
- After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.
Spiritual Fruit: Purity of mind and body”
A Reading from The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
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 Christ 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 the sight of all the peoples:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
“The Presentation in the Temple” for Children
For an excellent story on the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, please checkout the book below. The other three children’s Bibles I use do not have this story in them.
Eight days after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph gave their baby the name, Jesus, as the angel told them to do. Then they took him to the great temple in Jerusalem to present Jesus to the Lord. Mary and Joseph were required to make an offering to God of either a pair of doves or two young pigeons.
In the temple, they met an old man named Simeon. Simeon had been told by God that he would live to see the Messiah, which means “Savior.” The Holy Spirit guided Simeon to find baby Jesus in Mary’s arms. He knew at once that Jesus was the Messiah. Simeon said, “O Lord, now I may die in peace, for you have granted me what my heart most desired. Now I have seen with my own eyes the child who is to be a glory to all people!”
Another very old person named Anna, saw what was happening. She too thanked God for allowing her to see the infant, and told everyone that Jesus would be the Savior of Jerusalem.
May and Joseph were amazed and joyfully returned to Nazareth.
Source: The Children’s Illustrated Bible Pages 194-195
Presentation of the Lord Art Project
Week Eight-Suggested Homework Activities
Read “Jesus is Presented in the Temple” from a Catholic child’s Bible. An excellent resource is The Catholic Children’s Bible. pages, 1576-1577 Luke, chapter 2:22-38
Discuss the following words with your children: temple, purification, “dedicated to the Lord,” sacrifice.