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Simeon and Anna




Script



Copyright DramaShare 2000

The story of the presentation of the Christ child at the temple as told by Simeon and Anna.




Staging Information

Keywords

Cast


Two actors dressed in period costume, made up to look as older.

Props

none

Costumes

Period costume.

Sound and Lighting

Standard lighting and sound.


Run Time - (approx)

15 minutes




Script




Simeon comes on stage, talks:

I'd like to tell you my story. I am not a famous man, nor have I ever desired to be. I simply was allowed to play a small part in a happening a long, long time ago. In fact my story took place on this very night, 2000 years ago.


As I said, I am a very ordinary man. Even my name, Simeon, was the most common name given a boy child in my culture. Simeon. The word means "harkening". Harken. To listen carefully. Perhaps I was well named. For it was in harkening, in listening carefully, in watching attentively, that I was able to play my small part.
I was known as a just and righteous man, devout in that I was careful about my religious duties, and that I reverenced God. That my friends and neighbors knew me as a virtuous, upright man was unimportant to me, other than the fact, of course, that this meant that I was known as keeping the commands of God. To be thought of as righteous is unfair and untrue of any mortal man. Only one in my knowledge ever was truly righteous, and it was He who was the central figure of the story which I would relate to you. My prayer would be that as one known as righteous, that this might mean that I am approved of by, and acceptable to, God.
You see, throughout history all Israel waited and longed for the Messiah. Unfortunately the most intense longing seemed always to coincide with the times when we, the people of Israel, had sinned against God and had brought His wrath against us. And at that those times Israel wanted a Messiah who would come to solve their problems. Such was the situation in the time when I lived. All Israel had deserted God and worshiped many other gods as well as the living God. Throughout history it was this attempt to place God in the same category as the many other gods which most angered God. The covenant made between God and Israel was based first on the exclusivity of worship which God demanded. Anything less was totally unacceptable. So all Israel was waiting, now even praying, for the Messiah. Waiting and praying for the comfort and solace which His coming would bring. I too waited and prayed. But where most in Israel waited in desperation, I waited in, expectation. Expectation for the fulfillment of God's promises made to me, my knowledge grounded on personal experience. The Holy Spirit had revealed to me that sometime before I died I would see the Messiah, God's anointed son, the Lord's Christ. That being promised, I saw no reason to doubt it's validity. It was not unusual for the Holy Spirit to be with men and women of my generation, the pity was that the Holy Spirit seemed to be an infrequent visitor in their lives, not an ongoing inhabitant.

Anna comes on stage, bowing to her knees at center stage, she prays

So it was that one morning when I went to the temple I felt that same special feeling of anticipation. As I entered the temple I noticed my dear friend, Anna, the daughter of Phaneul, (pronounced fan-oo-ale'), of the tribe of Asher, the eighth son of Jacob. And as always, Anna was in prayer.


Now where I was ordinary and common, Anna was very special, a prophetess. It is to be remembered that Israel had been given no prophet for several hundred years, therefore the prophetess Anna was very significant.
Anna was very old in years and very respected for her devotion to God. She worshipped continuously in the temple. But as she worshipped she served all those who came to the temple. A prophetess, serving God as would a menial servant. Anna fasted, but not as many of the people did. Anna's fasting was not public but private fasting. Her prayers were those of childlike devotion, an open heart's conversation with God.
Anna was my friend, a friend who shared my expectation of the immediacy of the Messiah's coming.

Anna stands and actors come together, looking out into audience

Anna:

Simeon, dear friend, will this be the day?




Simeon:

The day? The day of his coming? Who, except God could know, dear lady?




Anna:

There have been so many who have claimed to be the Messiah. Strong and mighty men. Great warriors. Yes, and more than a few fools. All have promised to be the Messiah. All have soon shown their true motivation, that being preservation and enhancement of self, and exploitation of the nation of Israel. And all have left behind them betrayal, defeat, agony, despair and dejection. But mostly, unfulfilled hope. And a taste as ashes on the tongue.




Simeon:

It is a though our people crave too much, dream too passionately, sense too intensely, the need for a Messiah. Perhaps that's it, perhaps it is the unrelenting wanting that fuels our intense need for the immediacy of His coming.




Anna:

Immediacy? But for thousands of years now His coming has been foretold. Generation after generation look with renewed hope to each new military leader, only to find themselves once more disillusioned and disheartened. Yet why do we look for a conquering hero? God's word is clear. It is not in power and might but in the meekness of a lamb that His will shall be done.




Simeon:

Meekness? Coming as a child, a baby?




Anna:

And why not? Might not the sovereign God as well bring about His kingdom on earth in the weakness of a babe as in the strength of an champion? (points out into the audience) See the couple, there? The ones bringing their baby for presentation here at the temple. Might it not possibly be that young one?




Simeon:

But, there is nothing special about them. Not in their poor and lowly dress, likely Nazarene's I would venture, from the style of their clothing. Surely if the Messiah comes it will not be to such as this very ordinary couple.




Anna:

Remember Simeon, we too, you and I, are also very ordinary, and that will never be to our loss, for as long as we serve a very extraordinary God. The couple, Simeon. They intrigue me. They are so very young, the girl in her very early teens, would you say? And the boy not yet twenty is my guess. See them, observing the custom of the law, offering their five shekels. Just realize the hardship which this offering must have cost.



actors move down stage, as though looking closely at the couple

Anna:

Look Simeon, see His face.




Simeon:

My eyes have beheld His glory.




Anna:

Simeon, truly it is He!




Simeon:

Let me take Him in my arms.




Anna:

Let me worship Him.




Simeon:

Blessed be Thou, O Lord!




Anna:

Blessed be Thou, O Lord!




Simeon:

Now my eyes have truly seen Your Salvation.




Anna:

The Messiah is with us as You promised to us, your people!




Simeon:

Should it be Your will I am now content to die for truly I have seen Him!




Anna:

He who will be the hope of future salvation which has been prepared in advance of all who would worship Him.




Simeon:

He who has been sent ahead to make the way passable for all.




Anna:

His salvation shall be available to all, both Israelite and Gentile.




Simeon:

Just now a hurt crosses my mind as I look in the eyes of the young mother. For I can see the trials which lie ahead for the Babe and for the mother as well.




Anna:

But again I look in His perfect face and my heart rejoices.




Simeon, calling out:

Come see the Messiah!




Anna:

Truly He is with us!




Simeon:

He is with us indeed!




Anna:

Listen to me. You who have been awaiting the Saviour. Wait no more. He is with us. The Messiah has finally arrived.




Simeon:

He has truly arrived.




Anna:

Yes! He truly has arrived!



actors off stage

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