Under Angel Wings


Tuesday, January 6, 2009


We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star...

Oh, star of wonder, star of might,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Today around the world many people are celebrating Epiphany, the day the three kings arrived at the stable bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. It is always celebrated on January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas.

In fact, in some countries presents are not given on Christmas Day, but at Epiphany instead. The three Magi, or Wise Men, brought gifts of gold, to represent Jesus' Kingship in Heaven; franincense recognized his Divine nature since we use incense to bless things and when we pray; and myrhh which foretold Jesus' death as man.

Epiphany means 'an appearance or showing.' Jesus was shown to the world, as a King, when the Magi found Him in Bethlehem. They represent the whole world looking for Jesus.

Years later, Jesus was shown to be the Son of God at His baptism at the river Jordan. When his cousin, John the Baptist, baptised him in the river, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, appeared over his head. God's voice was heard to proclaim, "This is My Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Jesus was also shown to be Divine, God Himself, when He changed water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. That was His first miracle!

More ideas to help celebrate Epiphany can be found at Domestic-Church.com
Search 'Exploring Epiphany.'

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