- Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace;
- Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation,
- Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
- A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
O! If only our lives might be an unceasing song of praise and thanksgiving joined in glorious harmony with the company of angels and saints, we too might be like them in our joy. Our hearts would be likened unto Christ’s Most Sacred Heart in which our heavenly companions now eternally rest, His Sacred Heart so inebriated with that holy intoxication which gives courage to live a life of virtue and joy surpassing all sorrow over the certainty of death.
Simeon Song is meant to be a source of praise and thanksgiving. The world in which we live certainly gives us every reason to plea and intercede to Our Lord, but this merely magnifies the need to bless, adore, thank, and praise Him for in these prayers we bear witness to the New Jerusalem where the abolition of sin’s dark sting no longer requires our petition nor intercession. Rather, in eternity we will bless, adore, thank, and praise.
And I will go in to the altar of God : to God who giveth joy to my youth.
To thee, O God my God, I will give praise upon the harp : why art thou sad, O my soul? and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope in God, for I will still give praise to him : the salvation of my countenance, and my God.
The aim of Simeon Song is bring the “joy” in a world which has found itself without hope, asking itself, “Why art thou sad?” The prayer is that this blog might give reason to the unsettled soul who comes hear saying, “Why dost thou disquiet me?” Simeon Song seeks to comfort the individuals who come here by bringing them outside of themselves to a place of praising the God who made them.
May the prophet Simeon teach us to live a hidden life of praise and adoration which seeks nothing other than the Face of God. May he teach us to contemplate only what is truly beautiful. May Simeon intercede on our behalf that at every reception of the Blessed Sacrament, at the witness of everything beautiful, and, ultimately, at the end of our lives we might say, “Now Thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, in peace.” To which we pray our Lord will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
May we make our lives into unceasing praise, may we make our lives into a Simeon Song.