Today is the solemnity of the Epiphany, which takes places on the 12th day after Christmas, January 6, and commemorates the manifestation of the majesty and divinity our newborn Savior. Originating in the Eastern Church in the 3rd century, this feast soon spread to the West, where it is now commemorated especially for the apparition to the Magi.
One of the customs of Epiphany is the exchange of simple gifts. My gifts to you, my dear readers, are the following:
An Epiphany Prayer
Lord Jesus, may your light shine our way,
as once it guided the steps of the magi:
that we too may be led into your presence
and worship you,
the Child of Mary,
the Word of the Father,
the King of nations,
the Saviour of mankind;
to whom be glory for ever.
An Epiphany Quote
“If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disconcerted at finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though, they found in Him no signs of royal pre-eminence, yet, content with the testimony of the star alone, they adored: for they saw a man, and they acknowledged a God.”
~St. John Chrysostom