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Epiphany

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1,2 (KJV)

The term 'epiphany' means "to show" or "to make known" or even "to reveal." In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by so doing "reveal" Jesus to the world as Lord and King. Epiphany is the climax of the Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from December 25th until January 5th.

The colors of Epiphany are usually the same colors of Christmas, white and gold, the colors of celebration, newness, and hope that mark the most sacred days of the church year. Epiphany colors extend to January 8 to celebrate the baptism of the Lord.

from the First United Methodist Church of Pryor Oklahoma


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