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Epiphany Magi salesianity_blogspot_comThe Feast of the Epiphany takes place every year on January 6.

This feast day reminds us that Jesus also came to save Gentiles.

Commentaries on the main Lectionary readings for the day follow:

Epiphany — Old Testament reading — Isaiah 60:1-6

Epiphany — Epistle — Ephesians 3:1-12

Epiphany — Gospel — Matthew 2:1-12

The importance of this feast day is explored in the following posts:

A Lutheran pastor reflects on the Epiphany

More Lutheran reflections on the Epiphany

Remembering the Epiphany in chalk

The Epiphany and the Bible

Why the Epiphany is so important — a Lutheran perspective

A Lutheran perspective on the Magi

Jesuit astronomer discusses the Star of Bethlehem (2016)

What to remember about Epiphany

Many cultures celebrate with a king cake:

Epiphany and king cake — a history

As the Twelve Days of Christmas have now come to a close, it is time to remember another centuries-old custom. In Britain, it was time for women to return to spinning wool or other fibres, which they did on January 7, known as St Distaff’s Day. This post explains that there is no St Distaff; the word refers to the matrilineal branch of a family, as in ‘distaff half’ (wife).

The Monday after Epiphany is known as Plough Monday in parts of England, signifying that farm hands had to return to work:

The English tradition of Plough Monday

Plough Monday — the Monday after Epiphany

In the Church calendar, we have several Sundays in the season of Epiphany, the last one being Transfiguration Sunday on February 27, 2022. In churches where vestments are worn, the celebrant will wear a white chasuble.

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