Gospel – Luke 2:36-40

Anna speaks of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem

There was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.


‘Simeon and Anna cherished the hope proclaimed by the prophets, even though it is slow to be fulfilled and grows silently amid the infidelities and ruins of our world. They did not complain about how wrong things are, but patiently looked for the light shining in the darkness of history.’ – Pope Francis


God-With-Us, grant me the patience of Anna. When the world seems dark, help me to wait and hope joyfully, knowing that you will bring all things to fruition in the wisdom of your time.

Pray the Mission Rosary with Missio

Today we pray the Fourth Joyful Mystery: the Presentation in the Temple.

  • Our Father,
  • 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery),
  • Glory be to the Father.
Image: Kelly Latimore, La presentación de Cristo en el templo, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN