The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ

January 3, 2016 all-day

Feast of Epiphany
January 6 (celebrated on Sunday, January 3)
The name “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearing.” Therefore, this feast is sometimes referred to as “The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles,” and specifically to the story of the Wise Men who, following the star from the East, became the first gentiles to worship Jesus.
At the end of the second century this feast combined the visit of the Wise Men, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and Jesus’s first recorded miracle, the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. All three were considered to be manifestations of Jesus to the world.
For centuries the Eastern Church considered Epiphany, Easter, and Pentecost to be the three principal festivals of the church year. Epiphany is still the primary feast for the birth of Jesus in the East.