Simeon the God-receiver
The glorious Prophet Simeon the God-receiver (also Symeon) was present when Jesus was brought into the temple as an infant (celebrated as the feast of the Presentation). His feast day is celebrated on February 3, with that of St. Anna the Prophetess.
Prayer of Saint Simeon
St. Simeon is described in Scripture (Luke 2:25-32) as a righteous man who was waiting to behold the Christ before he died. Holding Him in his arms, he uttered the prayer of praise which is known as the Prayer of Saint Simeon or by the first two words in Latin, Nunc dimittis.
- Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace,
- according to Your word,
- for my eyes have seen Your salvation,
- a Light to lighten the Gentiles,
- the Glory of Your people Israel.
This prayer is used in many liturgical services.
Troparion (Tone 4)
- Simeon the Elder is filled with joy today,
- receiving into his arms the Eternal God as an infant.
- Begging to be released from the bonds of the flesh he cries:
- "My eyes have seen the salvation,
- which You have prepared for all the nations to see!"