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Celebrate the Feast of the Presentation with Simeon and Anna

By: Jeanne Kun

Celebrate the Feast of the Presentation with Simeon and Anna by Jeanne Kun

Mary and Joseph come to the temple, the center of Israel’s faith, to carry out two Jewish customs: the mother’s purification on the fortieth day after childbirth (Leviticus 12:1-8) and the consecration of the first-born son (Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16). Jesus’ parents are observant Jews who greatly respect the Mosaic law and conscientiously fulfill its requirements (Luke 2:22, 23, 24, 27, 39).

During the time of Israel’s slavery in Egypt, more than a millennium before the birth of Christ, the angel of death spared the first-born...

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