Presentation of the Lord

Menologion of Basil, Presentation of the Lord
The Feast of the Presentation has many meanings. It represents a staging post in the liturgical year – the traditional end of Christmastide. It symbolises the moment at which the Christ-child is presented to the world. Although, as we know, he had already been visited by shepherds and magi after his birth, Jewish tradition demanded that as first-born he be brought to the Temple and consecrated to God, and a sacrifice be made (of a lamb, or of pigeons or turtle doves). According to Jewish...