Simeon holds the baby Jesus
Forty days after her son was born, Mary and her husband, Joseph, took Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord. There they met Simeon, a “just and devout” man, who had been told by the Holy Ghost that he would not die until he had seen the long-awaited Messiah. Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and spoke a beautiful prayer that, in Latin, is called the Nunc dimittis and is sung as the Song of Simeon.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.