The Song of Simeon, recorded in the Gospel of Luke, is also known by its opening Latin words, Nunc dimittus. It has been sung every night for well over a thousand years in Christian communities that worship every day together. This song of joy and peace is part of the gospel account of the presentation of Jesus in the temple, involving first Simeon and then Anna, who express thanks that salvation in Christ is for Jew and Gentile alike.
Sing! A New Creation
When Simeon prayed these words, he must have been well aware of “the long road of redemption” as Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 18 calls it. God’s “fierce love” (paragraph 5) with which he held this world caused him to turn toward this world with patience and tender care (paragraph 18). Simeon is delighted to see the fulfillment of his promises.