Tuesday, January 06, 2009
The Feast of the Epiphany
In searching for something about the Feast of the Epiphany to share with you, I had only to look no further than my day planner that I purchased from Tan Publishers a few months ago. Here I share with you the text for today. (And I learned a few things by reading this).
January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, in commeneration of the day the Three Wise Men sought Our Lord and brought Him gifts shortly after His birth. In Greek, the word "epiphany"
means appearance or manifestation, and this feast is particulary important for Gentiles, whose forerunners the Three Wise Men are, and who through the Three Wise Men, were called to believe in and worship the True God. Having seen the bright star in the east, a sign of the
Saviour's birth, the three journeyed to Jerusalem, and asked King Herod where the newborn
King was. Herod asked the chief priests and scribes where Christ would be born, who answered that Bethlehem was the place of the Saviour's birth as foretold by the prophet Micheas.
Soon after leaving Jerusalem, the Three Wise Men were again led by the star, which led them to the Holy Family. They prostrated themselves and worshipped the Infant Jesus, presenting Him with gifts of gold that acknowledged Him to be a King; frankincense, which acknowledged
Him to be God; and myrrh, in testimony that Our Lord would die for the redemption of man.