Saint Simeon

 

Rembrandt - Simeon's Song of Praise

Rembrandt – Simeon’s Song of Praise

 

 

We met him yesterday. Today is, or is not, depending on which source you read, his feast day.  In the Orthodox tradition, Simeon is called the God-Receiver.

Since the Nunc Dimittis should be said each evening as part of Compline, and because it is lovely, here you go again:

 

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

 

The Anglican version – the most beautiful translation, from the Book of Common Prayer:

 

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

 

Today is also the feast of Saint Blaise – who cures ailments of the throat – and of Saint Werburgh – who seemed to have  lot to do with geese. And many more….

 

 

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