†Part of a, "Songs of Advent," series. A Christmas special: See Episode #6.
Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart
in peace, According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all
A light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory
of Your people Israel.
~ Song of Simeon (Nunc Demittis)
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:
"This child is destined to cause the falling and
rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign
that will be spoken against, so that the
thoughts of many hearts will be
revealed. And a sword will pierce
your own soul too."