Happy Epiphany Sunday!
The Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated either on January 6 or, according to the decision of the episcopal conference, on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. The young Messiah is revealed as the light of the nations. Yet, as the antiphon for the Magnificat at Second Vespers reminds us, three mysteries are encompassed in this solemnity: the adoration of the Christ Child by the Magi, the Baptism of Christ and the wedding feast at Cana. Extra candles and/or lamps may be placed around the sanctuary and in other parts of the church to honor Christ revealed as the Light of the Gentiles (Ceremonial of Bishops). It is customary to replace the images of the shepherds at the crib with the three Magi and their gifts. — Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, Msgr. Peter J. Elliott, Ignatius Press.
In our Church Sanctuary we will also light 4 special candles by the four main wooden beams that were consecrated during our dedication of the Church years ago.
Father Mark and I would encourage you to take home a special bag after Mass containing blessed chalk, Holy Water and to do the special House Blessing Ritual that is included in today’s bulletin. May we encounter Christ as the Magi did and be so changed by that encounter that we journey home in a different way! May you have a truly inspiring journey this year with Jesus Christ who loves you, calls you by name and says “Follow me.”