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Sunday, January 6, 2008
The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Solemnity (1969 Calendar): January 6
Double of the I Class (1955 Calendar): January 6

For the traditional readings and prayers at Mass on the Epiphany, please click here.

The Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated universally in the Catholic Church on January 6th while in the United States, it is currently moved to the Sunday between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 so that all may celebrate the feast. In both the Traditional Calendar and the 1969 Calendar, the Epiphany is celebrated universally on January 6th.

From Fish Eaters:

The Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated each year by the Church on January 6. This is the last day of Christmas (the 12th Day of Christmas). And on the Epiphany, we remember Christ revealing His divinity in three ways:

* to the Magi who, guided by the great and mysterious Star of Bethlehem, came to visit Him when He was a Baby (Matthew 2:1-19)

* through His Baptism by St. John, when "the Spirit of God descending as a dove" came upon Him and there was heard a voice from Heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1), and all Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity were manifest (Note: the Baptism of Our Lord is also commemorated on the 13th of January)

* through His first public miracle -- that of the wedding at Cana when Our Lord turned water into wine at the request of His Mother (John 2). Just as God's first miracle before the Egyptian pharaoh, through Moses, was turning the waters of the Nile into blood, Our Lord's first miracle was turning water into wine.

Posts on the Epiphany of the Lord:
For information on the Epiphany please visit Fish Eaters


O God, Who on this day didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles by the guidance of a star: graciously grant, that we, who know Thee now by faith, may be led even to contemplate the beauty of Thy Majesty. Through the same our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Image Source: Believed to be in the Public Domain


del_button January 6, 2007 at 9:00 PM
jerry said...

this day in the eastern rite is the day to open your gifts. Make a gift of your self to the lord

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