The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessing of Candles, Procession & Solemn Mass, 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