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The hymns selected for use in the Divine Office on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord celebrate Christ as the firstborn Son, who belongs to the Lord. First observed in the Eastern Church as early as the 6th century, it represents another "epiphany" or manifestation of the Lord. It is at the Presentation that Simeon and Anna recognize Jesus as "the long-expected Messiah, the 'light to the nations' and the "glory of Israel', but also 'a sign that is spoken against'. The sword of sorrow predicted for Mary announces Christ's perfect and unique oblation on the cross that will impart the salvation God had 'prepared in the presence of all peoples'". - #529, Catechism of the Catholic Church.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS (1975)
144. When Mary Brought Her Treasure
DIVINE OFFICE (1974)
Hail to the Lord Who Comes
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