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Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Presentation of Christ at the Temple - Jean II Restout - 1759

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is the fourth decade of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, one of the most powerful prayers given to us from above.  It addresses the circumcision of all Jewish boys, shortly after their birth, given through the Mosaic law.  it is at this time that the man Simeon makes known that the infant will one day be the sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He makes this known to Mary, the child’s mother.

Scripture
Luke 2:21-40
Jesus Presented In The Temple

At the end of eight days, when [the Baby] was to be circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

When the time for their purification [the mother’s purification and the Baby’s dedication] came according to the Law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord—As it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every [firstborn] male that opens the womb shall be set apart and dedicated and called holy to the Lord—And [they came also] to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

Simeon

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout [cautiously and carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been divinely revealed (communicated) to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, Simeon took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God and said, And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word.  For with my [own] eyes I have seen Your Salvation, Which You have ordained and prepared before (in the presence of) all peoples, A Light for revelation to the Gentiles [to disclose what was before unknown] and [to bring] praise and honor and glory to Your people Israel.

And His [legal] father and [His] mother were marveling at what was said about Him.  Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against—And a sword will pierce through your own soul also—that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.

Prophetess Anna

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband seven years from her maidenhood, And as a widow even for eighty-four years. She did not go out from the temple enclosure, but was worshiping night and day with fasting and prayer.

And she too came up at that same hour, and she returned thanks to God and talked of [Jesus] to all who were looking for the redemption (deliverance) of Jerusalem.

When they had done everything according to the Law of the Lord, they went back into Galilee to their own town, Nazareth.  And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him. 

Decade Prayers of Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Repeat 10 Times

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be To The Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

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Guides

We have downloadable and printable Rosary guides available for your use also.  These are free for downloading and sharing.

Instruction

If you are using the liturgical form of the Rosary, read all of the scriptures.

If you are new to the Rosary, you can visit our page, How to Pray the Rosary to get an explanation of the structure of this powerful prayer.

Perform this prayer at the beginning of your day.  There is no time for it to have any effect if it is said after all of the day’s events are over. 

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