Last Sunday was Candlemas and our first United Service at St Peter’s. In his sermon, Jonathan mentions a picture by Rembrandt of Simeon holding the baby Jesus (with Hannah just behind him). Simeon (looking like a cross between Santa Claus and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams!) is the archetypical wise old man looked up to by members of the community. His faith has been rewarded by being allowed to see the infant Jesus (‘thy Salvation’) and he can now ‘depart in peace’ (as the Nunc Dimittis says). Listen to Jonathan’s sermon – his reference to the painting comes at 21.30.
Click on the image to read the Wikipedia file about Simeon.
The Nunc Dimittis
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.Book of Common Prayer 1662