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St. Simeon

SAINT SIMEON THE PROPHET

SIMEON was living for just one thing – “the consolation of Israel” – and so strong was his faith in God’s promises that he had been assured by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah. How long he waited we do not know; but when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple to present Him to God, as was the Jewish custom, Simeon knew that this was the moment.

He took the Infant in his arms and thanked God for allowing him to see the Redeemer. Simeon’s prayer, Nunc dimittis, is one of the three beautiful canticles of the New Testament. Then he turned to Mary and foretold the mission of her Son and her own participation in His sufferings.

We know nothing more of Simeon. His whole life of patient faith, hope, goodness, and devotion are summed up in the characteristic understatement of Saint Luke: “This man was just and devout” (Luke 2:25).

Conjecture has identified the saint with Rabban Simeon, who became head of the Sanhedrin and was the father of the Gamaliel who pleaded for the apostles (Acts 5:38).

~ Courtesy of : Lives of the Saints: Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-RO, ©2008

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