Paul Brueggemeier, Chancel Choir Director
We are pausing now for Light on the Liturgy to look at the Nunc dimittis, which is also called the Song of Simeon.It comes to us from the second chapter of Luke (Luke 2:29 - 32).It is named after the first words Simeon spoke as he
saw the baby Jesus.Simeon was a devout Jew who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he
would not die until he
had seen the Messiah.When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of consecration of the firstborn son, Simeon was there.
Just imagine Simeon's excitement as he
took the baby Jesus in his
arms.Do you imagine that his
heart was pounding, palms sweaty, and that he
may have been a bit short of breath?How could he
not have been?For here in his
arms was the answer to the prayers of millions of his
Jewish ancestors through all of history.Here he
is: the Messiah, the one we know as the Savior of the World… a light to lighten the Gentiles.
What about us?We have just met the Messiah, our Savior, through his
body and blood.Our sins are forgiven.