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Epiphany of the Lord

January 7

Adoration of the Magi

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Don’t forget to bless your home with chalk today. Remember that Christmas doesn’t end today. We celebrate one more day! The final day of Christmas is the Baptism of the Lord, January 8 in 2018.
On January 9, Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time, we enter the season of Ordinary Time
in winter.


GOSPEL VIDEO: Matthew 2:1-12
INTERPRETATION: Adoration of the Magi

Pray the Scriptures for this solemnity. Click HERE then scroll down and click on today’s date for a video reflection. Ponder today’s Gospel in lectio divina.

Prepare your family or group for the readings. See reflections, sermons, and images on The Text this Week. See resources from the St. Louis University Sunday Web Site


Arise, Jerusalem, and look to the East
and see your children gathered from the rising to the setting of the sun.
Cf. Baruch 5: 5

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON at the Mass during the Day
Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come;
and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion
Cf. Malachi 3: 1; 1 Chronicles 29: 12

Watch the Procession of the Kings today.


We Three Kings
As with Gladness Men of Old
♦ Lord Today
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
What Child Is This?
The First Nowell
Angels We Have Heard on High
and another setting

The brightness of God illumined the holy city Jerusalem,
and the nations will walk by its light.
Cf. Revelation 21: 23

COMMUNION ANTIPHON at the Mass during the Day
We have seen his star in the East,
and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.

Cf. Matthew 2: 2


Make a King Cake or one of the many special recipes for this day; put on an Epiphany pageant; explore the many traditions of Twelfth-Night.

Don’t forget to bless your home with chalk. Send an e-card.

What is Epiphany all about? How can we celebrate Epiphany? Print an Epiphany coloring page.

See how Russian and Ukrainian believers – both Byzantine Catholic and Eastern Orthodox – mark Epiphany by a dip in freezing water. Click on SHOW MORE under the video for details. On Epiphany, aka Theophany, the Eastern churches celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. It is the feast of the Great Blessing of the Waters. The waters of the world are blessed, and a cross thrown into the sea, a river, lake or other, followed by a mad scramble of young people to retrieve the holy sign. See this take place at the Greek Orthodox community of Tarpon Springs, Florida. And here’s how the feast is celebrated singing and dancing in the icy waters of Kalofer, Bulgaria. How about a drone’s eye view?

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates Timket, or Epiphany, with great joy. Even in LA! Intrigued? Here’s an hour-long documentary.

The Wise Men traveled far. In Madrid, Spain, they keep on moving in the annual Three Kings Parade.

Listen to:
A Byzantine Epiphany Chant in Greek:
“All you who have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ, alleluia!”

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
♦ A jazz We Three Kings

POPE FRANCISRemarks on the meaning of Epiphany

MUSICAL REJOICING: Epiphany Chorus from J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratoria


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