The Feast of the Epiphany starts on January 6 each year, and runs from January 6 until Ash Wednesday on February 26. Epiphany means "revealing" or "showing forth,” and the Epiphany season begins with the showing forth of Jesus' ministry to the Gentiles, specifically to the wise men, astrologers or Magi in Greek, of Matthews Gospel.
They are the first to know of Jesus' divinity. Epiphany thus proclaims Jesus as Savior of the whole world, and prepares for the proclamation that the church is the people of God, with promises of salvation now applying to all the peoples of the earth. Christ was made known to the world. In the course of time the Lordship of Christ was revealed in various people. The "Wisemen from the East " observed his star and were guided to his cradle where they worshiped him
as a newborn king. When John baptized him in the river Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended "as a dove"
and a voice from heaven proclaimed, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
At a wedding feast at Cana his embarrassed host was amazed when he turned water into wine.
He revealed himself to his disciples and through their witness the knowledge of him spread.
As the church grew its witness to him was formalized in the sacraments and the canonical scriptures.
In the Epiphany season we remember these events, and the expanding revelation and manifestation of Christ to the world. We pray for the continued growth of his kingdom until "The earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea." In the ancient Eastern Church, January 6 was observed as the feast of the Nativity,
"Christmas." The Eve of Epiphany is still observed in some places as the "Twelfth Night " of Christmas
and the conclusion of the nativity season.
Blessings, love, and hugs, Fr. Jack.
Sources of the above information: " Saints Galore, " The Rev. David L. Veal,
and " A New Dictionary for Episcopalians," The Rev. John N. Wall, Jr.