INTRODUCTION & HISTORY
December 29 – February 29
December 29 – January 4
February 2 -February 8
January 6 – January 11
February 9 -February 15
January 12 – January 18
February 16 -February 22
January 19 – January 25
February 23 -February 29
January 26 – February 1
ENTER THE STORY
We would like to invite you to join us in sharing in this beautiful season of Epiphany by taking a deeper look into the story of Jesus. Our hope is to get a clearer picture of who He is, how He lived among us, and His passion to bring salvation to the world. Even with a twenty-first-century perspective, it is staggering to consider how the impact of Jesus’ life, lived out over 2,000 years ago on the other side of the world, continues to intersect and transform people’s lives! May we see Jesus clearly and know Him personally in our lives today!
HISTORY & TRADITIONS
Epiphany originally served as a celebration of what we now know as Christmas, predating the development of Advent in the sixth century. Epiphany likely originated as a replacement for the pagan winter festival in Egypt as Christianity began to spread in that region. As Rome embraced Christianity as the official state religion under the rule of Constantine in the fourth century, December 25 was decided upon as the accepted traditional date of Jesus’ birth. Following the twelve days of Christmas (December 25-January 6), the Epiphany season began with a feast and celebration. For centuries, January 6 was one of the three most important feast days for Christians all over the world, the other two being Easter and Pentecost. The church would then reflect on and celebrate the life of Jesus, particularly His early ministry, until the season of Lent, beginning 40 days before Easter.
For many, Epiphany highlights that Gentiles—non-Jewish people—have also been brought into the beautiful story of redemption through Israel’s Messiah. This is evident in the use of the crowns and star from the Magi’s story to designate this season in the Christian Calendar.
POSTURES & SYMBOLS
Prayerful Posture: joyful, celebratory, festive, confident
Colors: gold, white, green
Symbols: star, crowns, candles
Flowers and Greenery: white poinsettias, evergreens, philodendron
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