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The Presentation of Christ and Purification of the Virgin 2018

Let the gate of heaven be opened today; for the Word of the Father, that is without beginning, having taken a beginning in time, leaving not His divinity, as an infant of forty days is willingly brought into the temple of the law by the Virgin Mother; and the elder takes Him in his arms, crying out as a servant to the Master, “Dismiss me, for my eyes have seen Thy salvation, that hath come into the world to save the race of men; o Lord, glory to Thee!” (The doxastikon of Vespers of the Meeting of Christ and Simeon, as the feast is called in the Byzantine Rite.
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