Monday, January 6, 2014

Epiphany

Today is Epiphany (also known as Theophany, Day of Lights, Twelfth Day, 3 Kings Day or Adoration of the Magi), the 12th day of Christmas (last night was Twelfth Night). This excerpt from an article on Christianity.about.com explains it well:

Epiphany, also known as "Three Kings Day" and "Twelfth Day," is a Christian holiday commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season. Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, in general, the feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ, his Son.
The word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation" and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, Christ revealed himself to the gentiles. In Eastern Christianity, Epiphany puts emphasis on the baptism of Jesus by John, with Christ revealing himself to the world as God's own Son. Likewise, on Epiphany some denominations commemorate Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine, signifying the manifestation of Christ's divinity as well.  
I found some kids' activities for Epiphany. Check them out:

http://www.ehow.com/list_6368194_children_s-arts-crafts-epiphany.html


Happy Epiphany!

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