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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ
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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.

Source: Fish Eaters

For more information, please see my post entitled: Epiphany of the Lord for prayers, reflections, and much more information.

Prayer:

We keep this day holy in honor of three miracles: this day a star led the Wise Men to the manager; this day water was turned into wine at the marriage feast; this day Christ willed to be baptized by John in the Jordan for our salvation, alleluia.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal, Antiphon at Magnificat for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord (January 6th)

3 comments:

del_button January 6, 2010 at 6:36 AM
Peter Davidson said...
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del_button January 7, 2010 at 6:10 AM
Adrienne said...

Beautiful post, Matthew! Since we do not have weekday TLM's in Buffalo, NY, I assisted last night at a Ukrainian Catholic Church for the Holy Day (obligation) of the Theophany. My intentions were for both Epiphany and the Theophany. Indeed, a beautiful Liturgy that began the night before with vespers, etc.

I pray for complete restoration; but I have to go to mass somewhere trusted in the meantime, as well as an additional part of our Mass attendance to expand our knowledge of the faith, and multiply our worship opportunities. God Bless you.

del_button January 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM
Matthew said...

Adrienne: Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story with us here.

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