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.
All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
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.
Part reflection, part intentional activity, Sybil MacBeth's new book, The Season of the Nativity, offers readers the opportunity to experience the church seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany as a whole.
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 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
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?
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.
At Christmas the church celebrates the birth of Jesus, when God entered fully into the human experience. The Feast of the Epiphany takes the Christmas proclamation a step further, when the divine revelation in Jesus was revealed to the world as the magi came from the east.
There will be a lot of people in most of our churches on Christmas Eve, and perhaps at special services in Advent and Epiphany. Certainly, some will be out of town family and friends. But equally certainly, some will be in-towners worshipping at Christmas and perhaps seeking, if only unconsciously, a church home.
His art reflects the strong heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots, and his quest for self-discovery through visual images.
In Christian communities today, it continues to be a day of purification, renewal, and hope. Some call the day Candlemas, (Candle Mass), which comes from the activities associated with the feast.
On the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, family and friends can gather at the main entrances to homes or apartments (nursing home quarters, extended care facility, hospital rooms), and ask God's blessing on their dwellings and on all who live or visit there.
The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, is just around the corner. There are many ideas to celebrate this remembrance of the Visitation of the Magi. Every party could use a special cake, room decorations as well as community singing. Here are some ideas to add to your own church's tradition to mark this feast day on our church calendar.
The thematic pattern of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany can be seen as darkness-light-manifestation or as promise- fulfillment-proclamation.