S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Presentation of the Lord

02 February is the Feast of the Solemnity of the Presentation of the Lord. For a possible reflection point or a prayer matter, I propose that we meditate on the Canticle of blessed Simeon, taken from the Gospel of Luke and is read in the Liturgy for today. Simeon's Canticle is a very rich and meaningful prayer. This Canticle is used in the Compline or the Night Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. Below is the lyrics of the Canticle with music by Jesuit priest Manoling Francisco. If you wish to listen to this song, kindly go to www.rjorbetasj.multiply.com

Ref: Lord, let Your servant go in peace
For Your Word has been fulfilled.

I. A Child shall be born to the Virgin,
And His Name shall be called, "Emmanuel." (Ref)

II. My own eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared for all men. (Ref)

III. A Light shall reveal to the nations
And the glory of Your people, Israel. (Ref)

The Feast of the Presentation is also a day of remembering for all Religious people -- priests, brothers, and nuns. Let us also remember all our religious, the Jesuits included, in our prayers that they may truly be faithful to God and to His Church.

God bless you.


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