Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary

by Patrick Werick February 02, 2014

Simeon Holding Christ ChildA joyous feastday to you! February 2nd is the feast of Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. 

Here in this lovely artwork by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-74), we see the aged Simeon joyfully singing his canticle while holding the infant Jesus. The Blessed Virgin Mary looks on from the left while Simeon takes in the moment he's been waiting so long for (God had promised Simeon he'd see the savior in his lifetime). 

It was unnecessary for the Virgin Mary to go through the Hebrew purification ritual, because she was spotlessly pure. Here's why she did it.

 

"And he (Simeon) had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord". -Lk 2:26

 

Simeon Holds Jesus

Here's another image of Simeon holding the Christ child from a painting by Blessed Fra Angelico (1400-55), who was an Italian Dominican Friar. His artwork from the early renaissance continues to grow in popularity for its beauty and simplicity. 

 

 

 

 

 




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