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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Epiphany of the Lord – We Three Kings of Orient Are

The Epiphany of the Lord
We Three Kings of Orient Are

 We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

To orient ourselves means to get our bearings, to know where we are, or to find ourselves. Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord, the day when Tradition tells us, that Magi bearing gifts traveled from the Orient following a star seeking the “newborn king of the Jews” in Bethlehem. As they gazed upon this newborn king, the baby Jesus, they “found themselves” suddenly aware that what they were witnessing, what had been “made known” to them, was the manifestation of Christ not only to themselves, but to all peoples. The Magi had experienced an epiphany; or rather they experienced The Epiphany.

The word epiphany comes from the Greek epiphainen, which means “to shine upon,” “to manifest,” or “to make known.” The Feast of the Epiphany commemorates one of the many ways Christ makes Himself known to all the peoples (represented by the Magi) of the whole world.

The Epiphany
The Apostleship of Prayer

Come let us follow the True Star,
the Light of Christ Jesus in our world.

Happy Feast of the Epiphany
Lynn’s Timeless Treasures

Adoration of the Magi - Domenico Ghirlandaio 
Adoration of the Magi – Peter Paul RubensAdoration of the Magi - Fra Angelico

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