Epiphany 2018

The Feast of Epiphany marks two different events in the life of Christ: in the West, the Adoration of the Magi, while in the East, the Baptism of Jesus.

However, whatever meaning is attributed to it, it marks, in the liturgical calendar, The end of Christmas season, and the beginning of progressive preparation for the other Christian feast, Easter.

Epiphany: Light to the Nations

ThreeWiseMen

The Epiphany is, in the Western Christian tradition, the celebtration of the visit of the Mago to the baby Jesus. (In the East, it celebrates the baptism of Jesus).

Here is a short meditation on this important Christian festive day. In the season of Epiphany, the Light that shone at Christmas is revealed to Israel and the nations. A Lectionary reflection on Isaiah 60, Matthew 2 and Ephesians 3.

* * *

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.

Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD. (Isaiah 60:1-6) Continue reading “Epiphany: Light to the Nations”

Baptists open eyes to Epiphany

epiphany-ikon

Epiphany and other events on liturgical calendar, long dismissed by most Baptists as unbiblical, are increasingly being viewed as spiritually beneficial, some experts say.

By Jeff Brumley

For Christians who observed Epiphany on Sunday, Jan. 6, the holiday signified a formal end to the Christmas season and the world’s recognition of Jesus’ divinity. While it meant all of that to Baptist minister Don Flowers, for him it also signaled a rest stop on the road between two of the most spiritually demanding seasons on the liturgical calendar.

“Epiphany  … doesn’t have the crazy, hectic intensity of Advent or Lent,” said Flowers, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C.  “It’s one of those breathing times for me.” Continue reading “Baptists open eyes to Epiphany”

Gaudete

Miine este Boboteaza  (celebrarea botezului Domnului) in traditia ortodoxa si Epifania (celebrarea vizitei magilor la proncul Isus). Cu aceasta ocazie, conform traditiei se incheie perioada cind se cinta colinzi.

Va ofer aici, in asteptatea acestei mari crestine, una dintre cele mai frumoase colinzi din repertoriul universal, provenind probabil din Cehia. Iata ce spune Wikipedia despre aceasta: Continue reading “Gaudete”