The twelfth day of Christmas is January 5th,
the last day of the traditional Christmas season. It serves to usher in the next church season — that of Epiphany. Historically, Epiphany was much more widely celebrated in Christian churches than was Christmas.
Epiphany is not a word used in the Bible, but it does convey a Biblical concept. Epiphany (from the Greek word epiphaneia) means “manifestation” — or a “showing forth.”
This season of the church year varies in length but lasts until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
During the Epiphany season Christian churches often communicate three events in Christ’s life in particular: the visit of the Magi, His baptism, and His first miracle at the wedding of Cana.
The Magi Visit
In what way was the visit of the Magi an epiphany?
The Magi were “wise men” belonging to a priestly sect from the East. Contrary to what is often depicted, they were not present at Jesus’ birth. Rather, they followed a star to Jesus’ house and there knelt down to worship the “young Child” and presented Him with precious gifts from their homeland. Read More…