What is Epiphany?
The season of Epiphany is a liturgical season in the Christian calendar that follows the Christmas season. It begins on January 6th (celebrated on the closest Sunday to that date) and lasts until the beginning of Lent, which is determined by the date of Easter. While the exact duration may vary, the season of Epiphany typically covers a period of about six weeks.
The word “epiphany” itself means “manifestation” or “revelation,” and the season focuses on the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the world. It is a time when Christians reflect on various events that reveal the identity and mission of Jesus, emphasizing the universal significance of his birth. The primary event associated with Epiphany is the visit of the Magi (Wise Men) to the baby Jesus, symbolizing the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles.
Throughout the Epiphany season, different Gospel passages are read to highlight various aspects of Christ’s manifestation. Some key themes include the visit of the Magi, the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, and the first miracle at the Wedding in Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
Epiphany is a time of joy and celebration in the Christian calendar, and it helps set the stage for the journey through the seasons of the church year, leading up to the observance of Lent and, eventually, Easter.