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What is Three Kings Day? The Epiphany

The Epiphany: A Celebration of Divine Revelation

The Epiphany, also known as Theophany in the East, and as Three Kings Day in Latin America, is a significant event in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It is usually Celebrated on January 6th, in some Diocese of the United States it is celebrated on January 7th this year.   The Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God.

The Biblical Significance

The term 'Epiphany' comes from the Greek word 'Epiphaneia', meaning 'manifestation' or 'appearance'. In the context of the Christian faith, it refers to the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi, the wise men from the East.

The Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12) provides the biblical account of this event. The Magi, guided by a miraculous star, journeyed to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn king. Their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh hold deep symbolism: gold for a king, frankincense for God, and myrrh, a burial anointing oil, foreshadowing Jesus' death.

The Liturgical Celebration

The Epiphany is a feast of 'light' in the darkness. The star that guided the Magi is a symbol of the light of Christ reaching out to the gentile world. In many cultures, the Epiphany is celebrated with more grandeur than Christmas. It includes traditions such as the blessing of homes, the baking of a 'King's Cake', and even community processions.  In Puerto Rico and Latin America gifts are given to children on January 6th.

A Personal Epiphany

Beyond the historical and liturgical significance, the Epiphany invites us to a personal and transformative encounter with Christ. Just as the Magi were changed by their encounter with the infant Jesus, we too are called to be transformed by our encounter with Christ.

May this Epiphany bring you closer to the light of Christ and inspire you to shine that light for others. God bless you!  Happy Three Kings Day!

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