Thoughts on the Feast of the Presentation
With praise from pious prophets and prophetesses
the Word was welcomed into the temple of old
despite the ragings of the barbarians
or the raving of heretical souls;
thus shall it ever be, so long as the world remains,
and the gates of hades shall not press
to overcome the Word made flesh.
With exaltation from the lips of unworthy men,
the Word is praised once again,
who has no need, for seraphim and cherubim
all sing to his glorious majesty;
yet for our sakes, while we were still bound in sins,
He condescended to our estate, so lowly,
and deigned to make us His friends.
With hopes surpassing all hope of mankind,
with the angels now rejoice;
insuperable joys born of sorrow remind
the holy mother of the prophet Simeon’s voice.
and a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed