Collect of the Day
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son
was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so we may be
presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament Reading
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the
Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of
the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when
he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3
He will sit as a
refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them
like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.
4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in
the days of old and as in former years.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
(In said services, the psalm verses may be placed between the Epistle and the Gospel,
with the congregation standing in preparation for the Gospel. At services where
there is a hymn or canticle before the Gospel, the psalm might be said between the
Old Testament and Epistle, the people seated.)
1 How lovely are your dwellings, *
O LORD God of hosts!
2 My soul has a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the LORD; *
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3 Indeed, the sparrow has found her a house, and the swallow a nest where she
may lay her young, *
even your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are they who dwell in your house; *
they will be always praising you.
5 Blessed is the one whose strength is in you, *
in whose heart are your ways,
6 Who going through the valley of misery uses it for a well; *
indeed, the early rains fill the pools with water.
7 They will go from strength to strength, *
and the God of gods shall be seen by them in Zion.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
hearken, O God of Jacob.
9 Behold, O God, our defender, *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.
10 For one day in your courts *
is better than a thousand;
11 I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God *
than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the LORD God is a light and defense; *
the LORD will give grace and honor, and no good thing shall he withhold
from those who live a godly life.
13 O LORD God of hosts, *
blessed is the one who puts his trust in you.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise
partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who
has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through
fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he
helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made
like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the
people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help
those who are being tempted.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses,
they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written
in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called
holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law
of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a
man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and
devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see
death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the
temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your
word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the
presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to
Sources: The Collect of the Day is taken from the Book of Common Prayer 2019. The Psalm verses
are taken from the New Coverdale Psalter of the BCP 2019. Scripture quotations are taken from
The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a
publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is
appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from
many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of
Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years
from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night
and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God
and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord,
they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child
grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.