Solemn High Mass on Wednesday February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On this day the Church celebrates our Lord’s presentation to God on the fortieth day after his birth in obedience to the Jewish Law. This is a moment of manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when Old and New Testament come together in the testimony of the aged priest Simeon and the prophet Anna. The words of Simeon are a regular feature of the Church’s evening liturgies.
The first reading from Malachi reflects the hope of the prophets for the coming of the Messiah and the inauguration of God’s reign over all the earth. The second reading is from Hebrews. The writer explains that Jesus’ work as Savior is made possible because he is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine. God saved the human race not from the outside but by entering into the world and becoming human and, having taking humanity into the divine life, redeemed the human race.
We return today to the joy of Christmas and in our liturgy we witness to the presence of God in the world coming to us in Bread and Wine and coming to the world through us, the Body of Christ.