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Simeon the God-receiver
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This prayer is used in many liturgical services.
The Righteous Simeon was one of the seventy scholars who came to Alexandria to translate the Holy [[Scripture]]s into Greek. The completed work was called "The [[Septuagint]]," and is the version of the [[Old Testament]] used by the Orthodox Church.
St Simeon was translating a book of the Prophet [[Isaiah]], and read the words: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a Son" (Is 7:14). He thought that "virgin" was inaccurate, and he wanted to correct the text to read "woman." At that moment an [[angel]] appeared to him and held back his hand saying, "You shall see these words fulfilled. You shall not die until you behold [[Christ]] the Lord born of a pure and spotless Virgin." Tradition says he died at the great age of 360.
[[Troparion]] (Tone 4)
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