Saint Simeon Senex

detail of the painting 'Simeon's song of praise' by Aert de Gelder, c.1705; oil on canvas; Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, The Hague, NetherlandsMemorial


The man who, in Luke 2, picked up the Infant Jesus and gave the blessing known as the Nunc dimittis. No other information about him has survived.


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Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” – Luke 2:25-35, New American Bible

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Simeon Senex“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 January 2019. Web. 9 December 2021. <>