Tuesday, January 06, 2009

you say Epiphany...

... I say Theophany.

Epiphany is celebrated by both the Eastern and Western Churches, but a major difference between them is over precisely which historical events the feast commemorates. For Western Christians the feast primarily commemorates the coming of the Magi, while in the East the feast celebrates the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Theophany). However, in both cases the essence of the feast is the same: the manifestation of Christ to the world (whether as an infant or in the Jordan), and the Mystery of the Incarnation.

Rather simplistic description on my part, I know.


for the real theological meat and potatoes read Fr. Stephan.


kired said...

Magnificat Antiphon at Second Vespers, Epiphany:
We celebrate a festival adorned by three miracles: this day, a star led the Magi to the manger; this day, water was changed into wine at the marriage-feast; this day, Christ vouchsafed to be baptised by John in the Jordan, for our salvation. Alleluia.

p.s. last Sunday I took pictures of a set of dreadful giant puppets, supposedly resembling the magi.

Owen said...

Being that I am rather simplistic I rather liked your explanation.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

The Baptism of Jesus did occur on the Epiphany...In the TLM Calender, the feast of the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord (Jan 13) is exactly that