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January 7

 

The Epiphany of the Lord

Read

The Epiphany marks the arrival of visitors, identified in Scripture as magi, to the place where Jesus was born. Although we know virtually nothing about them, we do know they brought three gifts:

  • Gold, a symbol of wealth and power, identifies the recipient as a king.
  • Frankincense, the crystalized resinous sap of a tree used as incense and as an offering, is symbolic of prayer.
  • Myrrh, another resinous tree sap, was used in healing liniments and as an embalming ointment. Myrrh is an odd gift for a child—so, even at the beginning of Jesus' life on earth, this gift foreshadows his death.

The adoration of the Magi depicted in a painting in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

Reflect

Practice the ancient art of Lectio Divina today and reflect on the readings on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.

Pray

Say this blessing on your home on the Epiphany.

Act

Did you wish someone a Merry Christmas today? The Christmas season continues until tomorrow, which is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. An easy way to evangelize is to wish someone a Merry Christmas during the Christmas season after December 25 and explain why. The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

 

 



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