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We are asked to pray for our friends in the CHRISTUS Health System, who are on the front lines of the COVID battle.
Performed by Lena Gokelman (organ) and Christopher Gokelman (viola).
Epiphany, also called Feast of the Epiphany, Theophany, or Three Kings’ Day, (from Greek epiphaneia, “manifestation”), occurs on January 6, 12 days after Christmas. The Catholic Church moves the celebration of the feast to the closest Sunday as to give more weight to the feast. Epiphany commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi. Epiphany is one of the three principal and oldest festival days of the Christian church (the other two are Easter and Christmas). Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and other Western churches observe the feast on January 6, while some Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Epiphany on January 19, since their Christmas Eve falls on January 6.
Today’s Gospel is Mark’s account of the feeding of the 5,000. It’s a bit discombobulating to read about Jesus’ public life, so soon after we have celebrated His birth. One commentator makes a bit of sense of this when he points out that “being in the company of Jesus, listening to him, they (the 5,000 who had followed him to that hilltop) discovered or better understood their divine origin, their connectedness, their human rights, and their potentiality. He unveiled to them their greatness! He had a way to make a person his or her most shining self” (Joseph Donders, With Hearts on Fire).
The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the mystery of God revealing God’s self (i.e., the Incarnation) to the very ends of the earth. The visit of the Magi symbolize the extent of God’s love: for all people, from every land; for every race and creed.
Leroy Anderson is famous for his very well-known orchestral composition for Christmas, “Sleigh Ride”.