The Ancient of Days, Who in times past gave Moses the Law on Sinai, appears this day as a babe.  As Maker of the Law He fulfills the Law, and according to the Law He is brought into the temple and given over to the Elder.  Simeon the righteous receives Him, and beholding the fulfillment of the divine ordinance now brought to pass, rejoicing he cries aloud, “My eyes have seen the mystery hidden from the ages, made manifest in these latter days, the Light that disperses the dark folly of the Gentiles without faith and the Glory of the newly chosen Israel.  Therefore let Your servant depart from the bonds of this flesh to the life filled with wonder that knows neither age nor end, O You Who grant the world great mercy. ~Anatolios, Festal Menaion (Great Vespers)