Feast of the Epiphany – This Sunday, January 5
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. We are making a transition to the season of Epiphany.
“Epiphany” is a Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearing.” At the Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate Jesus being made manifest or appearing as Christ to the world.
The most widely celebrated epiphany of Christ and the one that has been historically celebrated by Christian churches in the West, is Jesus revealed as Christ to the three wise ones, or Magi, from the East, who followed the Star of Bethlehem at Jesus’ birth. A series of manifestations of the Light of Christ follow in the coming weeks.
During this brief season between Advent and Lent we leave behind mangers and swaddling clothes and turn to stories of shimmering revelation. Kings and stars. Doves and voices. And later, water, wine, transfiguration.