"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,1 you now dismiss your servant in peace.2
For my eyes have seen your salvation,3
which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."4
The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother:5 "This child is destined to cause the falling6 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,7 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.8 She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.9
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.10
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.11