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:: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 ::

Preparing for Theophany

Today is the Eve of the Feast of Theophany, sometimes called the Feast of Lights or Epiphany.

Some have dubbed Theophany "the green holiday" pointing out that the Orthodox sacramental view of the cosmos draws quite heavily from our understanding of the significance of the baptism of Christ.

As Fr. Thomas Hopko explains, "It is the faith of Christians that since the Son of God has taken human flesh and has been immersed in the streams of the Jordan, all matter is sanctified and made pure in him, purged of its death-dealing qualities inherited from the devil and the wickedness of men."

Growing up in an Anglo-Catholic home with a rich sense of liturgy and feast days, my family would exchange gifts on St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6), Christmas Day and one gift on Epiphany (Jan 6). It was a good way of recognizing the importance of the entire Nativity season. A special family meal, Scripture readings, and a gift helped make Epiphany an important part of our lives as Christians.

What are some ways you and your family celebrate Theophany in your homes and lives?

Update: The Antiochians have some excellent essays and resources on the topic of Theophany. Be sure to check out Fr. Joseph's insightful poem.

:: Karl :: 8:33:00 AM [Link] ::

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