Feast of Epiphany is Today

4:17 pm Christmas

Tradition has it that this celebration of the arrival of the wise men brought an abundance of food & hospitality.  This is the first year that all our kids are gone for a Feast of Epiphany.  In the past, we have celebrated Epiphany for several years with a special meal.   I found an article about the Epiphany feast and the symbolism used in the past, so I’ve followed their menu.  It’s an Italian meal with cheese appetizers, pasta & sausage dishes, as well as oranges & cenci for dessert.  I’ve used this menu for most of our feasts.

Oranges are a symbol of sunlight which reminds us of the Star of Bethlehem, the light that guided the Wise Men to our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.  Epiphany is the holiday of light when the Star of Bethlehem led the Magi to Christ!

star of bethlehem

Why celebrate Epiphany or the Arrival of the Magi?

Epiphany means to “show” or “reveal”.  The wise men were the first ones to worship Jesus as King & Lord.  They were Gentiles recognizing Jesus Christ as King, the first ones to reveal Jesus to a wider world as incarnate Christ (from CRI)

Matthew 2 can be read at your dinner table tonight.

 

Another tradition I found:

The custom of the Star Singers, reminiscent of the travel of the Three Kings is still very much alive in Bavaria and Austria. Beginning with New Years and through January 6, children dressed as the kings, and holding up a large star, go from door to door, caroling and singing a Three Kings’ song. For this they receive money or sweets. Formerly the collected donations went to unemployed craftsmen and veterans, today they go to charities of the church or the Third World.  (from 3 Kings Day)

 

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