Tomorrow is a great Feast of the Presentation of our Lord into the Temple according to Orthodox tradition. I love sharing this Feast with my children and everyone because St. Simeon’s prayer can be heard every Vespers in our church:
Lord now let your servant depart in peace
According to Thy word
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which Thou has prepared for all people
A light to enlighten the Gentiles
And the glory of Your people Israel
(Luke 2 29-32)
With my kiddos we took the pictures of our sons when they were being presented to the church after 40 days and showed them those explaining that this is also what happens during this Feast as Christ himself gets presented into the Temple. The deep tradition and history can be clearly seen with this Feast which is why I love talking about it with children. You can see their wheels turn and make connections and it’s beautiful.
We took Sculpey clay and made our own figures of
- St. Simeon
- St. Joseph
- Two turtle doves
- Baby Jesus
As I read the story I retold the story using the figures and left room for my oldest to reenact it on his own afterwards. Also showing them an icon of the Feast and pointing out who is who in the icon before he sees it in church to make the connection as well.
My husband, the artist that he is, drew a wonderful chalkboard drawing of the icon and we will have it as our story for the rest of the week.
Enjoy this Feast tomorrow!