February 1- February 7

The ​Gospel Text for this Sunday is Luke 2:22-40

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,according to your word;for my eyes have seen your salvation,which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,a light for revelation to the Gentilesand for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed– and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.



8:30 am Holy Eucharist

Homily: The​ Rector

10:00 am Adult Forum

Please join us in the Parish House for lively theological discussion. Coffee and tea will be served

11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Baptism


Sermon: The Rector “Candlemas Compromise”

Godly Play (Sunday School) for children ages 3-10 will take place during the service.

Nursery Care for children aged 3 and under is available during and after the service.

5:00 pm Candlelight Communion

Mediation: The Seminarian



Readings for next Sunday, February 8 can be found here.



Monday, February 2

7:00-8:00 p.m. Discussion of “Faith and Emotions” in the Parish House, led by the Rector. Topic of this session: “Joy.”

(Postponed from January 26)

Tuesday, February 3

8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity. Please enter at 25 E. 35th St. Coffee and pastries will be served afterwards.

Wednesday, February 4

12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist.

7:00-8:00 p.m. First meeting of Incarnation Confirmation/Inquirers

Class—open to all.

Friday, February 6

12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing.

Sunday, February 8

Guest Preacher at 11:00 a.m: The Rev. Deacon Robert J.A. Zito of

Trinity Church Wall Street, Former Incarnation Deacon.



Monday, February 9

Men’s Group meets in the Parish House, 7 pm

Wednesday, February 11

7:00-8:00 p.m. Second meeting of Incarnation Confirmation/Inquirers

Class—open to all.


Small groups will meet for an informal supper and communion in people’s homes with everyone

contributing something for the meal. Please contact the Rector ousleyjd@churchoftheincarnation.org;

Garrett Dangler gldnyc@aol.com or call the church office 212-689-6350 for further information


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