Which Thou hast made ready in the sight of all nations--
A light to shine upon the Gentiles, And the glory of Thy people Israel."
And while the child's father and mother were wondering at the words of Symeon concerning Him,
Symeon blessed them and said to Mary the mother, "This child is appointed for the falling and the uprising of many in Israel and for a token to be spoken against;
and a sword will pierce through your own soul also; that the reasonings in many hearts may be revealed."
There was also Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, belonging to the tribe of Asher. She was of a very great age, having had after her maidenhood seven years of married life,
and then being a widow of eighty-four years. She was never absent from the Temple, but worshipped, by day and by night, with fasting and prayer.
And coming up just at that moment, she gave thanks to God, and spoke about the child to all who were expecting the deliverance of Jerusalem.
Then, as soon as they had accomplished all that the Law required, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
And the child grew and became strong and full of wisdom, and the favour of God rested upon Him.
Now His parents used to go up year by year to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover.