When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses1 had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"a ),224
and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."b325
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.4 He was waiting for the consolation of Israel,5 and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,628
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,7 you now dismissc your servant in peace.830
For my eyes have seen your salvation,931
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."1033
The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:11 "This child is destined to cause the falling12 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."
There was also a prophetess,13 Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.d14 She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.1538
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.1639
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.1740
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.18