Friday, January 6, 2017


January 6 ~ The Epiphany
The ancient Christian feast day is significant as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
The Twelfth Night (Epiphany) also marks a visit to the baby Jesus by the Magi (The Three Kings or Wise Men).  According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three kings found baby Jesus by following a star across the desert to Bethlehem.
The three kings ~ Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar ~ followed the star of Bethlehem to meet the baby Jesus.  According to Matthew 2:11, they offered symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth: GOLD representing his royal standing, FRANKINCENSE his divine birth, and MYRRH his mortality.
During the medieval period, Christmas was celebrated from the twelve days starting Christmas Eve (December 24) until the Epiphany.  Even up until the 19th century, January 6 was as big a celebration as Christmas Day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good explanation. Your sister