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The Epiphany of the Lord

Liturgical Color: White


The Epiphany (Manifestation) of the Lord (January 6), an even more ancient celebration among Christians than Christmas, originally focused on the nativity, incarnation, and baptism of Christ. Today we celebrate the coming of the three wise men (magi) who brought gifts to the Christ child. It marks the end of the Christmas Cycle, which began the First Sunday of Advent. Within the church service, this day is celebrated with special songs and prayers emphasizing the coming of the kings and their gifts for the Christ child. In some countries, children are told to place boxes filled with hay under their beds so that the camels will eat the hay and the kings will leave presents for the children. Congregations that do not worship on January 6 unless it is a Sunday may celebrate Epiphany on the first Sunday in January.

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