Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Troparion (Tone 1)
The celestial choir of heavenly angels
Bends down to the earth
And sees the First-born of all creation
Being carried into the Temple as a babe
By a Mother who has not known man,
And in amazement sings with us a pre-festal hymn.
Kontakion (Tone 6)
The Word, unseen with the Father,
Now is seen in the flesh, ineffably born of the Virgin,
And is given into the arms of the priest and Elder.
Let us worship Him, our True God.
(Hymns of the forefeast)