What happens after the 12 days of Christmas tide? Yesterday we concluded the 12 days, while today we celebrate a new season.
The Christian church year, which begins with Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, tells the story of Jesus’ life and saving acts. Christmas of course celebrates his birth at Bethlehem. The next season, following the twelve days of Christmas, is marked by the festival of Epiphany, which is today January 6th. “Epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning to reveal or make public. The season of Epiphany celebrates the ways in which Jesus was revealed to the world as the Son of God. The Bible readings during this season include the visit of the Wise Men from the East, showing that Jesus’ mission had a world-wide scope. We will also hear about Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, when signs from heaven attested to his divine nature, and about his first public miracle, the changing of water to wine at a wedding in Cana. Later in the Epiphany season, we will hear about Jesus’ presentation as a child in the temple in Jerusalem, where he was recognized as the promised Savior. Come and join us, so that Jesus may be revealed to you also.
This is our prayer (collect) on Epiphany and for 8 days following: O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Join us in this wonderful discovery of God and the manifestation of His son in this Epiphany season.