Eliot’s poem of the Magi helps us to remember that Jesus’ story continues in each of us, as we travel to see the Christ child and back into our own lives.
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All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
In Epiphany, we come to see who Jesus is, where he is to be found, and where we begin to understand what he is about. Ideas to help you plan and celebrate.
A free webinar from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. Claiming Epiphany: Theology, Practice, and Good Ideas.
Using cut-out stars with words like hope, generosity, and patience, household members choose a “guiding star” for the year. A special Epiphany activity.
We celebrate Epiphany and witness the light of Christ revealed to the world. Here are some ideas for observing the season.
Here is a list of major Christian feasts and observances. Ready reference, all on one page, nicely formatted. Print it out, stick it on your bulletin board, put the dates in your computer or paper calendar, and rejoice!
Many Christian education programs make this same separation of generations, but more and more religious educators are discovering that when adults and children learn together the experience is richer for everyone. Encouraging communities of faith to bring all ages together to worship, celebrate, and learn allows us to become better acquainted with every member of the congregation.
The Transfiguration connects us to Jesus’ Baptism at the beginning of the Epiphany season and prepares us for the approaching Lenten season. As we anticipate the journey of Lent, we have before us this vision of Christ’s glory, which will be fully revealed in the miracle of Easter.
We keep trying to get something or somewhere, like God’s love and approval, and we already have it. The voice that spoke to Jesus at his Baptism is the same voice that speaks to us. “You are my beloved. I am well pleased with you.”
Does God speak to us today? How so? How is it that God sends a “messenger of light” to us? Their responses ranged from … ”dreams” … ”angels” … ”the Bible” …. ”a small inner voice” … ”our conscious” …” other people” and also through “circumstances.”
This same Spirit that we call the Holy Spirit, hovers again over the waters of baptism – where the Light of the Risen Christ has brought a New Order and offers New Life to all of creation – yet to be realized – but always available and becoming.
The liturgical year invites— no —compels us to continue to tell the story with ritual, to tell the stories at home. We cannot remain in the manger with angels singing on high, however sweet that is
O Christ, let your gospel shine in every place where the Word of life is not yet received. Draw the whole creation to yourself that your salvation may be known through all the earth.
The season of Epiphany is a season of beginnings. It starts in January, the month when popular culture invites us to consider changes we want to make in our lives. Many of us who try keeping New Year’s resolutions know how easy it is to lose track of our goals.
Throughout the years a familiar storyline has been what kinds of gifts can be brought to the Babe by those who aren’t Magi, or who don’t have resources. What, for example, can you bring that rivals gold, frankincense or myrrh?
Are there aspects of the entire life of Jesus and the story imparted by the Gospels that might intimidate us, frighten us, or cause us some hesitation or consternation?
It is through the waters of baptism in this sacred and holy rite that our tarnished image is made clean and we reclaim the fresh, pure image that is our birthright. We find that it can be good because it belongs to God.
The dive is a ritual that recalls Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It is also the culmination of an intentional and prayerful effort on the part of the Greek Orthodox Church to steep the young men in the tradition of the church and form them as faithful Christians.