Presentation of Christ in the Temple

الْمَجْدُ للهِ! Praise be to God always!ܬܶܫܒܽܘܚܬܳܐ ܠܰܐܠܳܗܳܐ!

Entrance Hymn

Simeon, the Faithful One

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

Simeon, the faithful one,
held the Son of God, made man,
whom his parents brought this day
to the temple of the Lord.
He took him into his arms and spoke good news,
giving thanks to God.
“I have seen, with my own eyes, the Redeemer of the world.
Dismiss me in peace, for the nations have been saved.”
This has been fulfilled by Christ, the Lord of all,
who was born from Mary’s womb.
Lord, you are enthroned on high
yet became a newborn child.
Blest and beautiful are you, carried in your mother’s arms.
O Ancient of Days, you are the hope of all,
the awaited One.
In his old age, Simeon prays to you, “My Lord and God!
Dismiss me in peace, O Redeemer of the world.
Let me preach the good news of eternal life
to all those who sleep in hope.”

Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Eternal Son, you were born in the flesh of the holy Virgin Mary, blessing our human nature. When you entered the temple, you filled the hearts of Joseph and Mary with joy, and you brought consolation to righteous Simeon, the elder, and to the widow Anna, the prophetess. May we become your living, holy temples and rejoice in your presence among us. We glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to God, the Holy Trinity: to the Father, who is almighty; and to the Son, born of the Father before all ages, and who, at the appointed time, took flesh from the Virgin Mary; and to the Holy Spirit, who has spoken through the prophets and the apostles. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this feast, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, you were born of the holy Virgin Mary and became man like us. Although you are the offering and offer yourself as the sacrifice, you went up to the temple to offer a sacrifice according to what was stated in the law, “a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.” When Simeon, the elder, saw you, he took you in his arms, and, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he prayed to you, saying, “Now dismiss your servant in peace.” Anna, the prophetess, professed your glory with those who had awaited your coming.
Now, O Christ our God, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to grant us, on this holy feast, a profound understanding of your plan of salvation. Nurture children and bless families, heal the sick, care for orphans and widows, sanctify monks and nuns, protect those who are near and guide those who are far, console the grieving, and grant eternal rest and grace to the departed who have gone to their rest hoping in you. We glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

Christ, High Priest and Lord of Priests

Syriac: lathoomo dhaimonooto


Christ, High Priest and Lord of priests,
who receives all offerings,
went on this day to his Father’s house.

When they went to God’s temple,
in accordance with the law of Israel,
they gave thanks and praise.

Christ fulfilled the law of old.
He would save us, as foretold by Simeon
when he held the child.

All that was and all that is,
old and new, belong to him.
Alleluia, praise our Lord and God!


O Christ, in your great love for all people, accept our prayers and the fragrance of this incense we have offered. Through the intercession of Mary, your virgin mother, and Saint Joseph, your pure chosen one, forgive the children of your holy Church, heal the sick in soul and body, and favorably remember the faithful departed. O Lord our God, to you be glory, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
ܡܫܺܝܚܳܐ ܕܶܬܺܝܠܶܕ ܡܶܢ ܒܰܪ̱ܬ ܕܰܘܺܝܕ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto.
MsheeHo dethiled men bat Dawid, etraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One.
O Christ, born of the daughter of David, have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ
يا مَسِيح الَّذِي وُلِدَ مِنْ بِنْتِ دَوِيد، إِرْحَمْنا

Holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we may praise you with purity and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory forever. Amen.

Psalm of the Readings

Syriac: ramremain

“Lord, my hope finds fulfillment,”
Simeon declared with praise.
“For you save all your people,
and you give the nations light.”
“From this life, Lord, dismiss me.
I will rest in hope and peace.
In my arms I have held you
and have seen your saving light.”
Lord our God, you accepted
what the just had offered you;
now accept, in your mercy,
our pure sacrifice and prayers.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the . Your blessing, Father.

Glory to the Lord of Paul and the apostles! May the mercy of God descend upon the reader and the listeners and upon this parish and her children forever. Amen.

Brothers and Sisters:
This was confirmed with an oath; for others who became priests took their office without an oath, but this one became a priest with an oath, because of the one who said to him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever’”—accordingly Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant. Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
(Hebrews 7:20-28)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia! “Master, now dismiss your servant in peace;
for my eyes have seen your salvation.”
(Luke 2:29–30)

Before the proclamation of the Gospel of our Savior, announcing life for our souls, we offer this incense and ask for your mercy, O Lord.

Peace be with you.

And with your spirit.

From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint , who proclaimed life to the world.
Let us listen to the proclalation of life and salvation for our souls.

Remain silent, O listeners, for the Holy Gospel is about to be proclaimed to you.
Listen and give glory and thanks to the Word of the living God.

The Evangelist wrote:
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
(Luke 2:25-35)

This is the truth! Peace be with you!

Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, for giving us his words of life.