Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple
Commemorated on February 3
On this first day of the Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord, the Church commemorates the righteous Simeon and Anna, the prophetess. The following words are ascribed to Christ in Ode 9 of the Canon: “I am not held by the Elder; it is I Who hold him, for he asks Me for forgiveness.”
Troparion (Tone 1) –
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace!
From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God.
Enlightening those who sat in darkness!
Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder;
You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,
Who grants us the Resurrection.
Kontakion (Tone 1) –
By Your nativity, You did sanctify the Virgin’s womb,
And did bless Simeon’s hands, O Christ God.
Now You have come and saved us through love.
Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man!
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)