LITURGY CELEBRATING THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
As we approach the twelfth (and last) day of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. The word Epiphany is a Greek word (epiphania) meaning manifestation, showing, public display.
Originating in the liturgies of the Eastern Church, the Epiphany once encompassed and celebrated ALL Jesus’ epiphanies or self-manifestations: His self-manifestation as a baby in Bethlehem; His self-manifestation to the Shepherds and Magi (representing the Jewish people and Gentile nations); His self-manifestation during His baptism in the River Jordan and His self-manifestation at the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee. (Actually, one could also include His other epiphanies or manifestations, e.g. at the Transfiguration – see hymn 172.)
Today we are celebrating Jesus’ self-manifestation to the nations or ‘the world’ – the ‘world’ being represented by the magi who came to visit the new-born king of the Jews.
Ask Jesus to manifest Himself to you today and everyday throughout the New Year!
May Jesus enlighten your lives as you enter His presence. Don’t come with gifts! Come as you are!
Fr. Philip Sainter
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