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Celebrating Epiphany at church and home

Epiphany. What a wonderful word. When we have an epiphany, our hearts and minds are opened to a surprising, new reality.

But Epiphany is also a glorious day on our church year calendar. It receives significantly less attention than the major festival 12 days earlier.

Children process with stars on sticksIn the fourth century, Eastern churches commemorated Jesus’ birth and baptism, the visit of the Magi and Christ’s manifestation to the nations in one wonderful celebration—not on Dec. 25 but on Jan. 6.

Later, churches in the West marked Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25. And on Epiphany, Jan. 6, the account of the wise men bringing gifts to the Christ child was read from Matthew 2.

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