Sunday, January 3, 2010

Epiphany of the Lord

Today we celebrated the Epiphany of the Lord at Mass.  I was not sure why and maybe some of you aren’t sure either. This is what I found in our church bulletin today.

The celebration of the Epiphany was established by St. Gregory Nazianzen in the 4th century and commemorated the visit of the Magi. Epiphany is the climax of the Advent/Christmas Season and was originally marked by the 12 days of Christmas, which are usually counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th.

The feast has been celebrated on different dates in different cultures. In the Western Church the feast was traditionally celebrated on January 6th no matter the day of the week.

Today it is celebrated on the Sunday following the Solemnity of Mary, which we celebrated last Friday.

We will celebrate Epiphany on January 6th in our home with lots of activities and snacks. I did find this interesting and thought I would share it with you.

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