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.