The Canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) was chanted at the beginning of Mass last night during the procession to the Main Altar.
The Nunc dimittis is a hymn from the Bible. It was sung by Simeon when he saw the baby Jesus.
The story told in the book of Luke was that Simeon, who was a Jew, had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen Jesus. When Mary, and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of consecration of the firstborn son, Simeon was there, and he took Jesus into his arms and said the words which are now known as the Nunc dimittis. He was saying to God that he could now die happily because he had seen the Saviour.
The Church was full of candles! highlighting the importance and adding to the solemnity of this great Feast of The Presentation of the Lord. The candlelight also gave a calming atmosphere when you entered the Church from the busy world outside.
From the words of The Roman Canon:
In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God:
command that these gifts be borne
by the hands of your holy Angel
to your altar on high
in the sight of your divine majesty,…
so that all of us, who through this participation at the altar
receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son,
may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing.
Thank you to all who attended the Mass and thank you to all who helped in any way the the preparation and tidying up afterwards!