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The Epiphany of Our Lord is the Christian feast traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th.  The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.” Thus, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the many ways that Christ has made Himself known to the world, mainly the three events that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ:  the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11), and the miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11). 

The visit of the Magi is emphasized on Epiphany Day, and Christ's baptism is celebrated the first Sunday that follows.

In the most dioceses especially in the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.

In order to celebrate this feast of Manifestation more fully, we need to know more about the theology and significance of this great feast of Epiphany.

Theme: Where Does God Live?

In many countries, the Christmas crib is one of the most recognizable symbols of the season. The images of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, magi and farm animals cluster around a trough of hay within which an image of the baby Jesus is placed to mark yet another celebration of his birth. Children, having their first experience of the crib are apt to ask questions which cause adults to stop and think before attempting a response. One question in particular remains fresh in my memory.

Where does Jesus live for the rest of the year? Today’s readings invite us to give some consideration to the thoughts which prompted that innocent question. Where, indeed, does God live? Is there a special place where God can be found? Can any place or any thing contain God’s presence? By the time the Israelites returned from exile in Babylonia, their many experiences of God had led them to understand that there was nowhere that God was not present. The teaching which was familiar insisted; if I fly toward dawn, or settle across the sea even there you take hold of me, your right hand directs me . . . if I scale the heavens you are there! I plunge to the depths, you are there! But before they arrived at this understanding, our ancestors in the faith recognized and sought God’s presence was on mountains, in the desert cloud and pillar of fire, in the tent of meeting, the Ark of the Covenant and later in the temple. How about me and you? Do we recognize that God is infinite?

The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. Here is a wonderful explanation of this beautiful feast.

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The Epiphany is the feast of the manifestation of the majesty and divinity of the newborn Savior. As early as the third century, the Eastern Church, in celebrating the birth of the Redeemer, viewed it primarily as the manifestation of God to man. Hence the name Epiphany, which means manifestation, was given to the feast. Toward the end of the fourth century, as the feast gradually came to be known and celebrated in the West, the adoration of the Christ-Child by the Magi or Wise Men was stressed. Soon these sages were looked upon as the Three Kings.

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