The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Solemn Mass, February 2, 2017, by the Rector

The late New Testament scholar François Bovon refers in his commentary on Luke to the description of an icon in a book by a priest-monk of Mount Athos who died around the year 1744. It shows Joseph, Anna, and the child Jesus. The priest-monk, Dionysius, wrote, “Next to him [Joseph] stands the prophetess Anna, who points to Christ and holds a tablet with this inscription: ‘This baby created heaven and earth.’ ”[1] I’d like to see the icon; it is an interesting commingling of John—“In the beginning was the Word”—and of Luke. Read more