February 2nd marks the celebration of one of the 12 Great Feasts on the Orthodox liturgical calendar: The Presentation (or "Meeting") of Christ in the Temple. This is a feast that recalls the gospel story of the infant Christ being presented to the elder Simeon (Luke 2:25-32), a man who was hundreds of years old, and who was eagerly awaiting the hope of salvation (Christ's name in ancient Hebrew can mean "salvation").
The Song of Simeon and the Origin of the Old Testament
February 15, 2013 by Simon Appleby
Today is the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, when the infant Jesus was presented at the Temple. This is one of the dozen Great Feasts of the Church; the elder Simeon's recognition of Christ's divinity marks a key revelation in the life of Jesus. From Vincent Martini's excellent blog.