Saint Simeon the God-Receiver, as described in the Gospel of Luke, is a figure associated with the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. After Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple to fulfill Jewish law, Simeon, described as a devout and righteous man, was waiting there. Simeon had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah. Recognizing the infant Jesus as the fulfillment of this promise, Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God, proclaiming the “Nunc Dimittis,” a hymn of thanksgiving and readiness to depart in peace.
In his words, Simeon acknowledged Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel,” signifying that Jesus’ mission would extend beyond the Jewish people to all nations.
Simeon’s encounter with Jesus at the Temple is a moment of profound recognition and prophecy, emphasizing Jesus’ role as the Savior and the fulfillment of God’s promises in the Old Testament. He is venerated as a saint in the Christian tradition and is celebrated for his faithful and prophetic response to the Messiah’s arrival.