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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

 • 13:23 PM Tue Feb 2, 2016
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Reading 1 and//www.usccb.org/bible/malachi/3and1 MAL 3and1-4 Thus says the Lord GODandLo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before meAnd suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner’s fire,or like the fuller’s lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalemwill please the LORD,as in the days of old, as in years gone by. Responsorial Psalm and//www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/24and7 PS 24and7, 8, 9, 10 R. (8)Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! Lift up, O gates, your lintelsreach up, you ancient portals,that the king of glory may come in! R.Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! Who is this king of glory?The LORD, strong and mighty,the LORD, mighty in battle. R.Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! Lift up, O gates, your lintelsreach up, you ancient portals,that the king of glory may come in! R.Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! Who is this king of glory?The LORD of hosts he is the king of glory. R.Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord! Reading 2 and//www.usccb.org/bible/hebrews/2:14 HEB 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and flesh,Jesus likewise shared in them,that through death he might destroy the onewho has the power of death, that is, the Devil,and free those who through fear of deathhad been subject to slavery all their life.Surely he did not help angelsbut rather the descendants of Abrahamtherefore, he had to become like his brothers and sistersin every way,that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before Godto expiate the sins of the people.Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,he is able to help those who are being tested. Alleluia and//www.usccb.org/bible/luke/2:32 LK 2:32 R.Alleluia, alleluia.A light of revelation to the Gentiles,and glory for your people Israel.R.Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel and//www.usccb.org/bible/luke/2:22 LK 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purificationaccording to the law of Moses,Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalemto 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 ofa 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 Spiritthat he should not see deathbefore he had seen the Christ of the Lord.He came in the Spirit into the templeand when the parents brought in the child Jesusto perform the custom of the law in regard to him,he took him into his arms and blessed God, sayingand Now, Master, you may let your servant goin peace, according to your word,for my eyes have seen your salvation,which you prepared in the sight of all the peoplesanda 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 himand Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is destinedfor 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 childto all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.When they had fulfilled all the prescriptionsof the law of the Lord,they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdomand the favor of God was upon him. Or and//www.usccb.org/bible/luke/2:22 LK 2:22-32 When the days were completed for their purificationaccording to the law of Moses,Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalemto 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 ofa 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 Spiritthat he should not see deathbefore he had seen the Christ of the Lord.He came in the Spirit into the templeand when the parents brought in the child Jesusto perform the custom of the law in regard to him,he took him into his arms and blessed God, sayingand Now, Master, you may let your servant goin peace, according to your word,for my eyes have seen your salvation,which you prepared in the sight of all the peoplesanda light for revelation to the Gentiles,and glory for your people Israel.”

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