PRESENTATION OF THE LORD;
ALFRED DELP, PRIEST
On the General Roman Calendar (and on that of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches, the Church of England, the Episcopal Church in the United States, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, when the infant Jesus was brought to the Temple and Mary was purifi ed following childbirth, to fulfill the requirements of Mosaic law (Luke 2:22–40; Exod. 13:2, 12; Lev. 12:6–8).
This is also the day on which Alfred Delp (1907–45), a Jesuit priest, was hanged by the Nazis for his opposition to Hitler. In his final message to friends, he wrote: “If through one man’s life there is a little more love and kindness, a little more light and truth in the world, then he will not have lived in vain.”