Christ Church Cathedral observes the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple this coming Sunday and special attention is therefore paid to the Nunc Dimittis, the Canticle of Simeon.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying [Luke 2:25-28],
Nunc Dimittis / The Canticle of Simeon
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine,
secundum verbum tuum in pace.
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum.
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum.
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat, nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Luke 2: 29–32
Performed by the Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz [listen]
Performed by the Maulbronn Chamber Choir, Juergen Budday conducting [listen]
Performed by the Nuns of the Abbey of Regina Laudis [listen]