Epiphany means a manifestation. In the Christian year, Epiphany is the celebration of that revelation of Jesus as Messiah in the eyes of the nations. The moments of Jesus’ life most clearly connected with Epiphany are:
- the arrival of the Magi to the child Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12)
- the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22)
- the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11)
Epiphany begins on the twelfth day of Christmas (you always wondered what that song was about) and continues until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
I love poetry and here is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, T. S. Eliot, reading his poem “The Journety of the Magi,” to help us enter into the celebration of Epiphany.