Epiphany is Coming!


I suppose I am not unlike many American evangelical Christians when it comes to my lack of knowledge of the traditional seasons of the Christian year. I did know that Epiphany came after Christmas and that it had something to do with the star that guided the “wise” men. So, for myself as well as others reading this, I thought I should learn more about it. Here is a brief summary of what I discovered written by Dennis Bratcher on The Voice website:

The Season of the Church Year associated with Christmas actually begins with the first Sunday of Advent, four Sundays before Christmas Day.  Advent is marked by expectation and anticipation in preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus.  Christmas begins with Christmas Day December 25 and lasts for Twelve Days until Epiphany, January 6, which looks ahead to the mission of the church to the world in light of the Nativity. The one or two Sundays between Christmas Day and Epiphany are sometimes called Christmastide.  For many Protestant church traditions, the season of Epiphany extends from January 6th until Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent leading to Easter.  Depending on the timing of Easter, this longer period of Epiphany includes from four to nine Sundays.  Other traditions, especially the Roman Catholic tradition, observe Epiphany as a single day, with the Sundays following Epiphany counted as Ordinary Time. In some western traditions, the last Sunday of Epiphany is celebrated as Transfiguration Sunday.

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2 Responses to Epiphany is Coming!

  1. Dorman says:

    Thanks Jack, for the informative primer. I love having my faith’s history unearthed and unpacked. It enhances my sense of it’s beauty.

  2. Jack Kooyman says:

    I am glad you found it helpful Dorwin. Pass it along to anyone you think might appreciate and/or benefit from learning or learning more about this long important and observed season in the historic and worldwide Christian Church.

    Grace & Peace!

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