The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

The collect for today, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, from The Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962):

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson: Malachi 3:1-6
The Gospel: St Luke 2:22-40

Giovanni Bellini, Presentation in the TempleArtwork: Giovanni Bellini, The Presentation in the Temple, c. 1462. Tempera on panel, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice.

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