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Great Things.

8. Mary said, “God does great things: because of my baby the hungry will be fed, the poor will be lifted up.”



‘Christ be with me, Christ within me’ – such a subtle prayer that can only reflect Mary’s song.

Mary understood the significance of her baby. In the eye of the wise, those who saw her (Elizabeth) and those who were to see her babe (Simeon), there seems to develop a critical prophetic eye. That the child will grow to be a mover and shaker, but not in the business or political sense. Jesus was to become the Emmanuel- ‘God with us’ – for the poor and marginalised.

Therefore in the prayer ‘Christ be with me, Christ within me’ maybe we should hear Mary saying to us, “God does great things: because of my son in you, the hungry will be fed, the poor will be lifted up.”

May you reflect the Christ light in you dealings, particularly the marginalised today. Do something that shows that light today.


10th February 2014


Mary’s cherishing is another form of recognition of the beauty she found in her child. She would have been shown glimpses of what would become of Jesus, as every mother does.

Simeon says to Mary: ” A sword will pierce your own soul too.” The life of this child will be hard and sorrow will be involved. It is easy to see why Mary became so revered.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

State of Grace

9th February 2014


The words of Simeon are used at ‘Evensong’, and the Nunc Dimittis holds a special place in my heart.

Book of Common Prayer, 1662:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace :
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Simeon includes me and includes you in this prayer. Have you seen the light?

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Assurance and Reconciliation

8th February 2014


Old and waiting is the overwhelming impression I get when I read of Simeon and Anna.

I recall so many old people of such deep spirituality who are not remembered like Simeon and Anna.

Mrs. Hancock, Father Clayton, Eileen Farmer, Bill Timms, Margaret Adamson, Margaret and Doreen Stones, Annie Mary Stevenson, Margaret Shield etc. All ordinary people who in their age waited with quiet assurance of God’s love and therefore reconciliation.

Such a gift and state of grace!

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Your Promise has Been Fulfilled.

7th February 2014


Simeon and Anna are two people seen by Luke as the earliest recognisers of Jesus. Physically they approached this family and felt the divine presence. Both react with such calm grace and beauty in that presence.

Perhaps they just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but the story suggests they lived their lives with a promise and a part of their worship were being aware of that promise.


The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

5 February 2015

The Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Epiphany ‘showing’ or ‘revealing’ Jesus. Being ‘Presented at the Temple. Below is the text for the next batch of reflections.

Luke 2:22ff
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church