And fittingly blessed Symeon’s hands;
You have come now too and saved us, O Christ God.
But give peace to your commonwealth in times of war,
And strengthen its Rulers, whose friend you are, only Lover of mankind.
Being brought to Symeon.
From heaven the Bodiless Ones are amazed as they look on him and say,
‘Wondrous and marvellous, incomprehensible, ineffable are the things we now see,
For the One who created Adam is being carried as a babe;
The uncontainable is contained in the arms of the elder;
He who is in the uncircumscribed bosom of his Father
Is willingly circumscribed in flesh, but not in godhead,
The only Lover of mankind’.
Taken from the full service translated by Fr. Ephraim Lash with many annotations here: http://anastasis.org.uk/02feb.htm.
For more on this Great Feast, see the following short readings (http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100407, http://goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=410&type=saints&date=2/2/2010&D=T, http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/prolog.htm) and longer homilies (http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/02/st-sophronius-of-jerusalems-candlemas.html, http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com/2010/02/oration-concerning-simeon-and-anna-and.html, http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com/2010/02/st-cyril-of-alexandrias-commentary-on.html).