The Epiphany of our Lord

Note: Not an actual first century photo.

Note: Not an actual first century photo.

This Sunday, January 6, is the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. It is the celebration of the coming of the Magi who have followed a star to Jesus. While our tradition tells us that there were three of them - and they even have names - the Gospel doesn’t mention a number, so in truth we don’t know how many actually showed up. In any case, i’m sure it was pretty spectacular when they did.

Of central importance to the story of the Epiphany is the ethnicity of the Magi - they are not Jewish; they are foreigners, outside of the promises God had long made to the descendants of Abraham. Even so, they recognize Jesus and come to worship him. In parts of the Eastern Church, Christmas is celebrated on this day, marking the day the Messiah is revealed to the world beyond the people of Israel.

One of the traditions that has grown up around this feast is the “Chalking of the Door,” a manner of asking God’s blessing upon your home for the coming year. On Sunday, there will be chalk and an order of service available for any who wish to continue this tradition for 2019.