The season of Epiphany
Amy Denney
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The season of Epiphany

Like Christmas (December 25 – January 5), Epiphany is not just a day, but also a season. Unlike the Christmas season, the length of the Epiphany season depends on when Easter is. In 2018, Easter Sunday is very early (April 1). As a result, the Epiphany season will be
just six Sundays long.

The Gospel Reading for each of the six weekends will have a story indicating that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah. Each week he will be revealed / manifested / made known as the Christ. Below are the six Weekends, the Gospel Reading for that weekend, and the epiphany / revealing that takes place.

January 6,7, 8 – The Epiphany of Our Lord – Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus is revealed / manifested as the Christ as he is worshipped by the Magi.

January 13, 14, 15 – The Baptism of Our Lord – Mark 1:4-11
Jesus is revealed / manifested as the Christ when the voice from heaven declares him to be the Son of God.

January 20, 21, 22 – Third Weekend after Epiphany – Mark 1:16-20
Jesus is revealed /manifested as the Christ as he calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be “fishers of humankind."

January 27, 28, 29 – Fourth Weekend after Epiphany – Mark 1:21-28
Jesus is revealed / manifested as the Christ as he drives an “unclean spirit” out of a man worshiping in the synagogue.

February 3, 4, 5 – The Presentation of Our Lord – Luke 2:22-40
Jesus is revealed / manifested as the Christ as Simeon takes the forty-day old Jesus in his arms and sings to him what we now call the “Nunc Dimities."

February 10, 11, 12 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Mark 9:2-9
Jesus is revealed /manifested as the Christ when again the voice from heaven declares him to be the Son of God.

Each year the Epiphany season closes with Jesus going up the mountain, and then coming back down to the depths of the valley on Ash Wednesday, in 2018 will be on February Fourteenth.

Blessings as together we prepare to share in this Season of Epiphany. This season of Jesus being revealed / manifested / made known as
the Christ.

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