Epiphany 2013

Epiphany Crib
Epiphany Crib


The Solemnity of the Epiphany is one of those feasts, rich in imagery and allusion, one never tires of it. Last year I wrote about the figures at the crib and the gifts we find within ourselves (see here); the year before, about the Magi’s quest for truth (see here); and so on and so forth.

The Magnificat antiphon at Vespers (Evening Prayer) speaks of three miracles or wonders associated with this day: a star led the Magi to the manger, Christ was baptized in the Jordan and water was turned into wine at Cana. These correspond to the revelation to the gentiles, the revelation to the Jews and the revelation to the disciples. If that were not enough, there is also a remembrance of the Church’s espousal to Christ and the solemn proclamation of the date of Easter. More than enough for us to ponder as we contemplate the Christ Child in the manger!


3 thoughts on “Epiphany 2013”

  1. Have you ever heard of blessing chalk if the Epiphany falls on a Sunday? Apparently the chalk is then taken home and a cross marked on your door. I heard this for the first time yesterday.
    I have no idea of its truth.

  2. It is ‘traditional’ for parish priests to bless water on the eve of Epiphany, which is used for the blessing of homes the next day. Chalk for each family is also blessed so that they may mark the names of the three Magi over their doors, as a witness of their faith and protection against evil. This blessing is from the older version of the Roman Ritual.

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