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Epiphany After Christmas 2014

Epiphany, celebrated 12 days after Christmas (yes, that’s the origin of the song) on January 6 each year, is the day on which we remember the arrival of the wise men or “Magi” to see the holy family (see Matthew 2:1-12). On this day, we remember the epiphany (manifestation or revelation) that Jesus, the child born on Christmas, is more than a child, but the Son of God and Savior of the world.

During the Season After Epiphany, we are back into Ordinary Time (“ordinary” from the ordinal or counting numbers, which is how we mark the Sundays…first Sunday after Epiphany, second Sunday after Epiphany, etc.). This follows the Christmas cycle of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany, and the color of the parameters changes to green, which symbolizes life and growth.

This season begins with the Baptism of the Lord (we do a congregational reaffirmation of baptism each year) on January 12 and runs through March 2, the Sunday before Lent begins. We are in Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary in which the Gospel readings mostly come from Matthew. Beginning February 2 and running through Lent, we will be focusing as a congregation on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We hope you will make plans to join us during this season.