The Prophecy of Simeon
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was
Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the
consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he
should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the
parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom
of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and
blessed God, saying:
"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace,
according to your word, for my eyes have seen your
salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was
said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to
Mary his mother,
"Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many
in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and
you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed."
Pray one Our Father and 7 Hail Marys after meditating on the Dolor
If God, by a special miracle, had not preserved the life of Mary, her grief would
have been sufficient to cause her death at each moment of her life.
St. Anselm from The Glories of Mary
But let us consider the reasons why the
martyrdom of Mary was greater than that
of all the martyrs.
In the first place, it must be remembered that the
martyrs suffered their martyrdom in the body, by
means of fire or steel; Mary suffered martyrdom in
her soul; as St. Simeon had before prophesied: and
thy own soul a sword shall pierce: "Et tuam ipisus
animain pertransibit gladius:"; as if the holy old
man had said to her: Oh holy Virgin, the bodies of
the other martyrs will be torn with iron, but thou
wilt be pierced and martyred in thy soul, by the
passion of thy own Son. Now, as the soul is more
noble than the body, so much greater was the
suffering of Mary than that of all the martyrs; as
Jesus Christ himself said to St. Catharine of Sienna:
"There is no comparison between the sufferings of
the soul and the body; Inter dolorem animse et
corporis nulla est comparatio."
The grief of Mary was so great, that if it were divided among all men,
it would be enough to cause their immediate death.
St. Bernardino of Sienna from The Glories of Mary
V. Incline unto my aid, O God!
R. O Lord, make haste to help me!
Pray Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is
now and ever shall be world without end, Amen
I am compassionate to thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that grief suffered by
thy tender heart at the prophecy of the aged Holy Simeon. O dearest Mother, through this thy
afflicted heart, implore for me the Virtue of Humility and the Gift of the Fear of God.
Pray one Hail Mary
Simeon’s Song of Praise
by Aert de Gelder, approx. 1700-1710; Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands;
The Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary - First Sorrow - The Prophecy of Simeon
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