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February 15 - Presentation of the Lord

February 15 2006

February 15 Presentation of the Lord. On this day, Our Lady and Joseph brought the infant in the Temple of Christ. He was 40 days old.

Law of the Lord required that every firstborn male child in the 40 th day after birth, was brought into the temple of God, consecrated to the Lord and redeemed by the Lord. This was the view, or dedication, baby God. And the one which was to sanctify and redeem all people, was primarily devoted himself to God and redeemed.

A woman who gave birth to a boy, were forbidden to enter the temple for 40 days after the birth of a child: those were the days of purification. At the end of this period the mother had come to the temple and offer sacrifice to God. And although Mary, becoming the Mother of the Lord, sanctified by the birth of his and, without ceasing to be a virgin, did not need purification, but in deep humility, obeyed the law of prescription.

When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to put it before the Lord, there also came the old man Simeon, who was promised that would not die without seeing Christ. Lord took the Divine Child in her arms, and blessed him and pronounced prorochestvennuyu song about the Savior. The life of a righteous man Simeon, who was a witness to it, lasted 300 years, since he saw the child, the Savior of the World and the world moved away from this life.

An example of Jesus Christ, devoted to God, the Church taught that we bought at the price of the blood of Christ, not his, but belongs to the Lord, and parents must commit us to Him. St. Simeon saw the Divine Child in the temple of the Lord, and we must often walk in the temple of God, to qualify here, in a place especially his gracious presence, the dedication of his soul by Christ. This interpretation of the Presentation given in the book "Feasts of the Orthodox Church."

On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord bless the church in the water. Consecration of Candlemas water is therapeutic agent against various diseases and has a gracious act on all the faithful.

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