Epiphany at Old Saint Paul’s
Date Posted: Monday 30 December 2013
The twelve days of Christmas bring us to the Feast of the Epiphany, when we celebrate the revelation of the Christ Child to the Magi, or wise men from the East.
At High Mass on Sunday 5 January at 10.30am, the traditional gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh are carried in procession to be offered to the Child in the manger. Gold symbolises the Kingship of Christ, frankincense represents priestly service, and myrrh symbolises healing power.
In the evening, Blessing of the Light precedes Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 6.30pm.
On succeeding Sundays, we celebrate further revelations of the Christ: on 12 January, the Feast of the Baptism, a voice from heaven proclaims him the Beloved Son; on 19 January, the second Sunday after Epiphany, John the Baptist recognises him as Son of God, and on 2 February, the Feast of Candlemas, he is acclaimed by Simeon as the Light to lighten the Gentiles.