Saturday, January 10, 2009

Epiphany

Lately I have been provoked by the study of the liturgical year. Advent calendars have been a childhood tradition in my family, but I never took the time to understand their meaning and purpose until just this year. Lame, I know. There's so much significance behind them! Since Christmas & Advent are over, I'll have to be more purposeful in blogging about them next year. BUT this coming Sunday (tomorrow) is the traditional celebration of Epiphany, which is a part of the liturgical year.

Epiphany, according to Wikipedia:
Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the "shining forth" or revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Epiphany falls on January 6. Western Christians commemorate the visitation of the Magi to the child Jesus on this day, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, his manifestation as the Son of God to the world. It is also called Theophany ("manifestation of God"), especially by Eastern Christians. Epiphany falls on the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
We are now launching into the season of epiphany, which is followed by "ordinary time" until the season of lent. This is how I want to be purposeful during the "ordinary time":
  • be purposeful in researching and preparing my heart for the next season of lent
  • think of a creative way to get my small group girls involved in observing lent
  • focus on the life and ministry of Christ by reading through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), since the purpose of lent is for the Christian to prepare for the Holy week leading up to Easter
  • use this time to start revolving my life around the liturgical church calendar rather than our all-American, self-focused holidays calendar

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