The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Acrylic on Panel, 2003, Br. Jerome Pryor, S.J.

According to Jewish custom, Mary brings the  Child Jesus into the temple.  Simeon, the High Priest, rejoices that the expectation of the Messiah is finally a reality, while Mary wonders about Simeon's prediction: "This child is destined for the rise and fall of many, and through your heart a sword shall pierce."

 

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