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The Passion of the Lord
Luke 2: 25–35

25 Behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon: and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Spirit was in him.

26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Spirit, that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,

28   He also took him into his arms and blessed God and said,

Now do dismiss thy servant, O Lord, 

according to thy word in peace:

Because my eyes have seen your salvation,

Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples:

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles 

and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And his father and mother wondered at those things which were spoken concerning him.

34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted.

35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.