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Happy Epiphany

You may or may not know it, but today, January 6, is Epiphany. It is the day the Church from very early in its history has celebrated the appearance of Jesus as Immanuel, God With Us. In western Church tradition, the celebration came immediately after the twelve days of Christmas and focused particularly on the manifestation of Jesus to the Magi after their long journey to Bethlehem (Mat 2.1-12). The Bible tells us little about the Magi. Tradition holds that they came from the Persian Empire to the east, and this appears to be the case. Persia had a governing body known as the Megistanes which was divided into two houses – the Magoi (“powerful ones”) and the...

Happy Epiphany
posted on: Jan 6, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow