On February 2nd in our Episcopal Lectionary (and the Revised Common Lectionary, too) we remember the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:22-40). In today’s Collect we pray that we may come before God and be presented as those of pure and clean hearts. The prayer makes clear that it is Jesus who will present us; what is left to us: to live with the grace of God that creates the pure and clean heart within us. ~Fr. Dan
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 239
- Lectionary readings for this Commemoration (Lectionary Page)
- Candlemas: another name for this commemoration (BuildingFaith Blog)
- What is a Collect?
Image: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Fra Angelico, 1442.