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Chapter 24. – The circumcision and naming of the Infant and Mary's purification. The presentation of the Child in the temple by the mother. The devout Simeon and the Child Jesus.

24,1. On the afternoon of the eighth day - according to present calculation, at around the third hour - the Infant was circumcised in the temple and received the name Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was even conceived in the womb.

24,2. And since in the extreme case of Mary's proven virginity the time for her purification could be considered as fulfilled, Mary was immediately purified in the temple.

24,3. Therefore Mary took the Infant on her arm soon after the circumcision and carried Him into the temple, so that she, together with Joseph, could present Him to the Lord according to the Law of Moses.

24,4. For it is written in God's law: "Every kind of firstborn must be consecrated to the Lord."

24,5. And hence a pair of turtledoves or a pair of young pigeons should be sacrificed!"

24,6. And Mary offered a pair of turtledoves and laid them on the offering table; and the priest took the offering and blessed Mary.

24,7. There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, who was most devout and god-fearing and waited for the consolation of Israel; for the Holy Spirit was upon him.

24,8. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen Jesus, the one anointed by God, the Messiah of the world."

24,9. And, prompted by an inner urge, he came into the temple, where Joseph and Mary were still present with the Child Jesus and doing all that the law required.

24,10. As he saw the Infant, he immediately went to the parents and entreated them to let him take the Infant into his arms for a short while.

24,11. The most devout parents gladly agreed to this old, most devout man whom they knew well.

24,12. And Simeon took the Infant into his arms, most fervently praised God and then spoke:

24,13. "Lord! Now allow Your servant to go in peace, according to Your word;

24,14. for my eyes have now seen the Saviour, whom you promised to the fathers and the prophets.

24,15. This is the One, whom You prepared in the presence of all peoples!

24,16. A light of revelation to the pagans, and the glory of Your people Israel."

24,17. Joseph and Mary were surprised themselves about Simeon's words; for they still did not understand the things he had said about the Child.

24,18. Simeon returned the Infant to Mary, blessed both of them and said to Mary:

24,19. "Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rise of many in Israel; and for a sign that will be opposed!

24,20. A sword will pierce even your own soul, so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed!"

24,21. And although Mary did not understand Simeon's words, she kept them deep in her heart.

24,22. And Joseph also did the same and mightily praised God for it in his heart. – –


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