Day 24 – Strength Training

After the Second Bible reading during Evening Prayer you will read the passage from Luke 2:29-32 which is known as the “Song of Simeon” or the “Nunc Dimittis”.

The Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32), is said after the second reading

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The “Nunc Dimittis” is named after its first words in Latin, meaning ‘Now you dismiss’. These verses record the account of Simeon who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the Jewish rite of purification, Simeon was there. Simeon recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah, took him in his arms and sang these verses as a hymn of praise.

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