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Epiphany

WHEN: January 6

Epiphany falls on the day immediately after the twelfth day of Christmas. In many churches, including Saint Matthews, the full celebration of this feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday after January 6.

MEANING: Visit of the Wise Men, Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

Epiphany means “manifestation.” This wonderful feast celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the non-Jewish people of the world. This revelation is symbolized in the event of the Gentile wise men coming from the East to worship Christ. Although much mystery surrounds the identy of the wise men (their number is not recorded in the gospels), the important point is that people who came from outside of the religion of Israel were discovering and worshiping

ORIGIN: 3rd century

Epiphany has its origins in the Eastern Church traceable to the third century and was widely celebrated throughout the whole Church, East and West by the fourth century.

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