The Purification of Mary and the
Presentation of Our Lord
God Gives the Gift of a Child to Destroy Death
1 Sam. 1:21–28; Heb. 2:14–18; Luke 2:22–40; Psalm 84
THE PURIFICATION OF MARY AND
THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
1 Samuel 1:21–28
Luke 2:22–32 (33–40)
God Gives the Gift of a Child to Destroy Death
The Lord opened the barren womb of Hannah and gave her the gift of the son for whom she
prayed, and in grateful response she presented and gave the child, Samuel, to the Lord‘s service.
“As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD” (1 Sam. 2:28). So, too, did Mary and Joseph
present the Child promised from the fall, born of a virgin‘s womb. The true offering wasn‘t the
turtledoves or young pigeons. It was the Child they carried. This Child has come to “destroy the
one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of
death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb. 2:14b–15). Set free by His advent in our flesh and
the promise of what He would do “in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the
people” (Heb. 2:17b), Simeon and Anna rejoiced, and we with them, for we know that we, too,
can face death unafraid and “depart in peace” (Luke 2:29) when our time comes.
• We have historically celebrated
Christ‘s presentation in the
temple with a Candlemas and
• Simeon then prophesied to Mary:
"Behold, this child is set for the
falling and the rising of many in
Israel, and for a sign which is
spoken against. Yes, a sword will
pierce through your own soul,
that the thoughts of many hearts
may be revealed" (Luke 2:3435).
• What are God‘s biggest
1 In His Temple now behold
See the long-expected Lord;
Ancient prophets had foretold
Him, -God has now fulfilled His word.
Now to praise Him, His
Shall break forth with one
2 In the arms of her who bore
Virgin pure, behold Him lie,
While His aged saints adore Him
Ere in perfect faith they die.
Lo! the incarnate God most high!
3 Jesus, by Your presentation,
When they blessed You, weak
Make us see Your great
Seal us with Your promise sure;
And present us in Your glory
To Your Father, cleansed and
Use your prayer notes.
Use a verse from the
bible to reflect on.
Pray about how the
Word fulfilled in
Let us pray for the whole Church might be places where Your truth
of God in Christ Jesus and for all is taught and confessed. As Joseph
people according to their needs. took Mary as his wife, make all
husbands courageous and
Everlasting Lord, You promised compassionate in their love for
by Your Spirit that Simeon would their wives. As Mary submitted to
not die until he had seen Your
Joseph, grant all wives grace to
promised Christ. Grant us the
submit to and respect their
same trust in Christ for
husbands. Bless the work of
forgiveness that, having received parents as they instruct their
His body and blood on our
children in Your Word…
tongues and in our bodies and
beholding Him by faith, we might Almighty God, in the depth of
be prepared for the day of our
Your love for Your creation, You
death or the day of His return.
brought Your Son to the temple
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our
and placed Him in the hands of
blessed St. Simeon. Abide with
those You place in the Office of
Gracious Father, You placed Your the Holy Ministry, that their hands
Son into the home of Mary and may ever be ready to deliver Your
Joseph and through their care
gifts to Your people and their lips
presented Him in the temple.
bold to speak Your Gospel…
Bless all our homes, that they
Heavenly Father, as Your Son has Everlasting Lord, Your Son told us
become a merciful and faithful
that persecution would follow His
high priest, making propitiation for ascension. Give steadfastness and
the sins of all people, hear His
endurance to our brothers and
intercession for His Bride, the
sisters around the world who suffer
Use your prayer notes. Church, for those who suffer
threats of bodily harm or death
Use a verse from the afflictions of body or mind,
because of the zeal and truth of
bible to reflect on.
sicknesses and sorrows. Remember their confession. Grant repentance
especially those who have
to those who hate Your Church.
Pray about how the
requested our prayers, [including Hinder their plans and thwart their
Word fulfilled in
______________,] that they might evil intentions…
be blessed by Your merciful
Join these, our prayers and praises,
with those of Your faithful people
Gracious Father, as blessed St.
of all times and places, and unite
Anna waited in the temple for the them in the ceaseless petitions of
consolation of Israel, give to Your our great High Priest, Jesus Christ,
people who await the second
until He comes again in glory as
advent of our Savior endurance in victorious Lord of all. Through
our vocations, that we might do the Him, with Him and in Him, in the
good works You have prepared in unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory
advance for us to do…
and honor is Yours, almighty
Father, forever and ever. Amen.
God Gives the Gift of a Child to Destroy
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1 Samuel 1:21-28
him, she took him up with her,
along with a three-year-old
Samuel Given to the LORD
bull,[a] an ephah[b] of flour, and a
21 The man Elkanah and all his
skin of wine, and she brought him
housewent up to offer to
to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.
the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to
22 But Hannah did not And the child was young.
pay his vow.
they slaughtered the bull, and they
go up, for she said to her husband,
brought the child to Eli. 26 And she
―As soon as the child is weaned, I
said, ―Oh, my lord! As you live, my
will bring him, so that he may
lord, I am the woman who was
appear in the presence of
standing here in your presence,
the LORD and dwell there
praying to the LORD.27 For this child
23 Elkanah her husband
I prayed, and the LORDhas granted
said to her, ―Do what seems best to
me my petition that I made to
you; wait until you have weaned
him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to
him; only, may the LORD establish
the LORD. As long as he lives, he is
his word.‖ So the woman remained
lent to the LORD.‖
and nursed her son until she weaned
him.24 And when she had weaned And he worshiped the LORD there.
people. 18 For because he himself
14 Since therefore the children
has suffered when tempted, he is
able to help those who are being
share in flesh and blood, he
himself likewisepartook of the
same things, thatthrough death he
might destroy the one who has the
power of death, that is, the
devil, 15 and deliver all those
whothrough fear of death were
subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For
surely it is not angels that he
helps, but he helps the offspring of
Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to
be made like his brothers in every
respect, so that he might become a
merciful and faithful high priest in
the service of God, to make
propitiation for the sins of the
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.‖
33 And his father and his mother marveled at
Jesus Presented at the Temple
what was said about him.34 And Simeon
blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
22 And when the time came for their
purification according to the Law of Moses, ―Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and
they brought him up to Jerusalem to present rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is
him to the Lord23 (as it is written in the Law opposed35 (and a sword will pierce through
of the Lord, ―Every male who first opens the your own soul also), so that thoughts from
womb shall be called holy to the Lord‖)24 and many hearts may be revealed.‖
to offer a sacrifice according to what is said
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the
in the Law of the Lord, ―a pair of turtledoves, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She
or two young pigeons.‖ 25 Now there was a was advanced in years, having lived with her
man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, husband seven years from when she was a
and this man was righteous and devout,waiting virgin,37 and then as a widow until she was
for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy
eighty-four.[b] She did not depart from the
Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been
temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer
revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he
night and day. 38 And coming up at that very
would not see death before he had seen the
hour she began to give thanks to God and to
Lord's Christ.27 And he came in the Spirit into speak of him to all who were waiting for the
the temple, and when the parents brought in redemption of Jerusalem.
the child Jesus, to do for him according to the
The Return to Nazareth
custom of the Law,28 he took him up in his
arms andblessed God and said,
39 And when they had performed everything
according to the Law of the Lord, they
29 ―Lord, now you are letting your
returned into Galilee, to their own town
servant[a] depart in peace,
of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and
according to your word;
became strong, filled with wisdom. And the
30 for my eyes have seen yoursalvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of favor of God was upon him.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
My Soul Longs for the Courts of
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
To the choirmaster: according to The
each one appears before God in Zion.
Gittith.[a] A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 8
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
84 How lovely is your dwelling place,
give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah
O LORD of hosts!
9 Behold our shield, O God;
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
look on the face of your anointed!
for the courts of the LORD;
10 For a day in your courts is better
my heart and flesh sing for joy
than a thousand elsewhere.
to the living God.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
house of my God
and the swallow a nest for herself,
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
where she may lay her young,
11 For the LORD God is a sun andshield;
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
my King and my God.
No good thing does he withhold
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts,
ever singing your praise!Selah
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in
in whose heart are the highways to
Fifth S. a. the Epiphany
The Righteousness of Christ
Is. 58:3–9a True and False
Psalm 112:1–9 The Righteous
Will Never Be Moved
1 Cor. 2:1–16 Proclaiming
Christ Crucified; Wisdom of
Matt. 5:13–20 Salt and Light;
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law
Is. 58:3–9a; 1 Cor. 2:1–16; Matt. 5:13–20; Psalm
have we fasted, and you see it not?
Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no
knowledge of it?‘
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own
and oppress all your workers.
4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
will not make your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
and a day acceptable to theLORD?
not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed[b] go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORDwill answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‗Here I am.‘
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
112 [a] Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears theLORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, andrighteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in theLORD.
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Proclaiming Christ Crucified
spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one
comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of
God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand
the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in
words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the
Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are
natural person does not accept the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able
to understand them because they are spiritually
discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is
himself to be judged by no one. 16 ―For who has
understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?‖
But we have the mind of Christ.
Salt and Light
13 ―You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste,
2 And I, when I came to you, brothers,[a] did not come
how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for
proclaiming to you the testimony[b] of God with lofty
anything except to be thrown out and trampled under
speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among
you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was
14 ―You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill
with you in weakness and in fear and much
trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it
plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in
Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before
the wisdom of men[c]but in the power of God.
others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give
glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Wisdom from the Spirit
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it Christ Came to Fulfill the Law
17 ―Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the
is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this
age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a
Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill
secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed
them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass
before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until
age understood this, for if they had, they would not have all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of
crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,
the least of these commandments and teaches others to do
the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven,
―What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
but whoever does them and teaches them will be called
nor the heart of man imagined,
great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless
what God has prepared for those who love him‖—
your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of
God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the