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Season After Epiphany 2013

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 or manifestation that 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 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 paraments changes to green, which symbolizes life and growth. The lectionary Gospel passages focus on the early part of Jesus’ ministry, and this year we will be spending most of our time in Luke’s Gospel. This season begins with the Baptism of the Lord (we do a congregational reaffirmation of baptism each year) and runs through the Sunday before Lent begins, which is always Transfiguration Sunday.