The Feast of the Epiphany
We will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., via Facebook Live.
As you know, the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the magi visiting Jesus in Bethlehem and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Scripture does not tell us their names or how many there were. No one knows for sure. Our tradition says there were three, probably because there were three gifts, and names them Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. But what about the fourth wise man?
Please join us on Epiphany to hear “The Story of the Other Wise Man.” His name is Artaban and he comes to us through a book written by Henry Van Dyke in 1895. It is a beautiful story grounded in the teachings of Jesus. I don’t know if this story really happened, but I believe it is true.
The book is available on Amazon or free online. There is also a 1985 movie of this story starring Martin Sheen available on Amazon Prime and Youtube.
At our service that evening we will hear the Epiphany Proclamation of Easter and bless chalk to be used for blessing our homes.
Resources for the Epiphany can be viewed or downloaded here:
- Click here to join the service on Facebook -The recorded service will be available on Facebook after the service.
- Epiphany Service Bulletin – This can be viewed or downloaded so you can follow along with the service.
- Epiphany Proclamation – A proclamation of the movable feast dates for the year that are determined by Easter.
- Instructions for House Blessing – Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and physically mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the written symbols sink into the septs of our hearts and be manifest in our words and actions.
Blessed chalk that is used during the house blessing can be picked up in the church office at 343 North Getty.