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    Epiphany is celebrated on January 6. Along with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, it is one of the oldest Christian holy days.

    Epiphany (from the Greek epiphaneia) means "appearance" or "manifestation" of God. It has its roots in the words for sunrise or dawn.

    Completing the joyous celebration of the twelve days of Christmas, we rejoice in the new possibilities and hope in Christ manifested at Epiphany. The grace of God appeared bringing salvation to all.

    As Christmas marked the coming of God to us, Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity. At Christmas we celebrated the entrance of the true light into the world, and on Epiphany we follow the Wise Men to the star and rejoice in the showing forth and spreading of that light.

    As the days begin to lengthen, we rejoice in the dawning and the rising Light in darkness, stability amid chaos, and assurance amid anxiety. Epiphany not only discloses the Savior to the world but also calls the world to show forth Christ and to be witnesses to God's true light. The timeless mystery of the Incarnation, God in flesh, leads us forth to show and tell of Christ as God's gift of grace and salvation for all humankind.

   The Sundays after the Epiphany, (sometimes called "Ordinary Time" or the "green season" because of its green vestments representing growth) mark the period from the day after the festival of the Baptism of our Lord until the Transfiguration. This season does not center on one major event or theme; rather it is a time used to celebrate the good news of Christ's birth, death and resurrection and a time for spiritual growth, renewal and witness to the living Lord who makes all things new.