Epiphany, Showing Forth to the Nations

+JMJ+ I suppose most of us here in the States observed Epiphany on Sunday but in my mind it’s always on January 6. I found some things about it to share with you so here goes. Hope you find something interesting and helpful in the post.

Video below: Personent Hodie: Epiphany Catholic Hymn, Schola Cantorum Gloriae Dei

Video below: The Epiphany of the Lord – Mass with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Highly recommended: How the Magi gave us Western Art: No Epiphany, No Sistine Chapel, a video lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Lev at Masters’ Gallery Rome. I very much enjoyed this, as I have every talk I’ve ever heard Dr. Lev give and I’ve heard several now, especially her videos. I like to watch her. She really lights up as she gets into her subject which you can tell she loves. She makes that subject come alive and I cannot get enough of her knowledge and energy.

I never saw this image until tonight and I haven’t found a public domain copy (that’s clear enough) to show here, but follow this link, then scroll down to the second and the fifth image. There you’ll see the same Magi mosaic as the one at the beginning of this post, but this one shows them with their entourage behind them as they approach the young King and His Virgin Mother. On the same page you can see more panoramas of the same basilica, the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. Fascinating! To me, anyway.

You probably know that Epiphany is a Holy Day and you may realize that it is also a Season. In the Ordinary Form Epiphany lasts from Epiphany Day until the Baptism of the Lord. But did you know that in the Extraordinary Form (celebrated for hundreds of years in the Church) Epiphany lasted from the day itself until Lent? I’ll explore this and post more about it later on. There are undoubtedly some beautiful meditations on the day and season in books like the Divine Intimacy or the Liturgical Year or In Conversation with God.

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Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. I pray that you and I will stay holy and virtuous, and help each other in this New Year to become who the Lord intends us to be: SAINTS. God bless you and may His Peace be always with you. +JMJ+ 

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Image credit: Detail from the left mosaic, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy, via Wikimedia Commons, photo by Ruge, license, CC BY-SA 4.0.

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