Sunday, January 6, 2019

Epiphany - 1100s Magi on Their Journey

The Three Kings Admire the Star. Canterbury. c 1140. The British Library.

 In Christianity, the Epiphany refers to a realization that Christ is the son of God. Western Christian churches generally celebrate the arrival of the kings (the Adoration of the Magi) at the birthplace of Jesus & commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Traditionally, Eastern Christian churches celebrated Epiphany (or Theophany) in conjunction with Christ's baptism by John the Baptist & celebrated it on January 19th.   However, many have begun to adopt the Western custom of celebrating it on January 6, the 12th day of Christmas.  Some Protestant churches celebrate Epiphany as a season, extending from Christmas until Ash Wednesday.