For the past year or so when I think about the Feast of the Presentation -- a recurring theme while meditating on the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary -- the character that calls out to me is the prophetess Anna.
Anna was a constant presence in the temple, and served God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37). By grace coming to the place where Simeon was speaking to the Holy Family, Anna was also led to recognize the Savior.
And what does Anna then do?
Anna becomes a kind of new Isaiah, speaking comfortingly to Jerusalem (Isaiah 40:1-2) about the Christ child.
Having maintained a kind of static watchfulness for so many years, Anna is rewarded with the One she has sought and hoped for. The Presentation of the Lord moves her to great change. Think of this old lady, probably considered pitiful by most who see her, suddenly filled with great joy. Think of this old lady, always locked in silence of prayer and mortification, now suddenly bubbling over with a spirit of thanks and praise.
There is no Canticle of Anna. Yet Anna's witness is antiphon to Simeon's song.
Yes, our God is True! This baby! This one here! He is the One!
For Simeon, it is "now let your servant depart in peace" -- depart into the sleep of death peacefully, having seen the coming of the glory of the Lord. For Anna, the move is to depart not immediately to death but to depart from the temple, into the neighborhoods and dining rooms of all who look in hope for the coming of the Savior of Israel.
I can almost hear her: "Yes! The prophecies are true! Look for Him, all of you. When the boy grows up -- oh, look for Him! It will be after I am gone, but look for Him!"