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The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

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Gospel text (Lk 2:36-40): There was also a prophetess, Anna (...). She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are still in the Temple of Jerusalem. After Simeon, another old person discovers Jesus-Savior. It seems that She and Simeon have a special nose for finding God. That’s a Holy Spirit thing.

- Whenever you want, the Virgin gives you the Baby Jesus. It's not difficult: go to the church and there you will find Them!