Feast Day: February 2
⛪ The Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple is one of the Great Feasts of the Greek Orthodox Church and concludes the observances related to the Nativity of Christ. It celebrates when Jesus was forty days old and Mary and Joseph took him to the Temple in Jerusalem, along with two turtle doves to offer as a sacrifice at the Temple.
Simeon who had been anticipating the Messiah many years and Anna who was a prophetess in her 80's, where waiting for them at the temple. Their faith that the Messiah would appear was finally rewarded.
About 450 AD, the people of Jerusalem began the custom of holding lighted candles during the Divine Liturgy of this feast day to light the way for the coming of Christ.
Image: The icon depicts Anna the Prophetess, Joseph, the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), and the baptism of Jesus by Simeon.