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FEB 1 & 2: THE FEAST OF THE MEETING OF OUR LORD WITH SIMEON AND ANNA (CANDLEMAS)(SOLEMN HOLY DAY) AND SYNAXIS OF THE HOLY PROPHETS SIMEON AND ANNA

FEB 1: VESPERS AND BLESSING OF CANDLES – 6:00 PM; FEB 2: DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF CANDLES – 6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED).

FR. VASLY’S MESSAGE FOR TODAY: Father Vasyl’s message for February 2 2023

PROPERS VESPERS: 02-02_Meeting_Vespers

PROPERS DIVINE LITURGY:  02-02_Meeting_DL

Streaming via Facebook Live (Feb 1):  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

Supplement Encounter with the Lord (from God with Us On-line): Encounter-of-the-Lord-Supplement

THE BLESSING OF CANDLES: ON THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE A TRADITION OF THE BYZANTINE RITE (From the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/the-blessing-of-candles-on-the-feast-of-the-presentation-of-our-lord-in-the-temple-a-tradition-of-the-byzantine-rite/

Metropolitan Cantor Institute: Meaning, Icon and Liturgical Services for the Feast: https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Meeting.html

On February 2nd we celebrate forty days after Christmas, the Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon & Anna. The event is described in the Gospel of St. Luke (2:22-40). In this Gospel, we read about the presentation of our Lord by his parents in the Temple in Jerusalem on the fortieth day from His birth & His meeting with Simeon and the prophetess, Anna. The feast demonstrated Mary and Jesus’ obedience to the law. Simeon and Anna represent the people of the Old Testament who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. Recognizing Him, they praise God. The elder Simeon hailed the coming of the Lord “as a light in darkness, in which the light is the light of spiritual illumination, and the revelation of God’s saving plan to both the people of Israel, and the people of “the nations” outside Israel.” This feast is also known as Candlemas Day, since the blessing and procession of beeswax candles occurs in today’s liturgy for use throughout the year.

Following this Holy Day we celebrate on Feb 3rd the significant saints of the Holy Day – Simeon and Anna or the Synaxis of the Holy Prophets Simeon and Anna.  The final day of the feast is February 9th.

 

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