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Do You Know The Story Of The Fourth Wise Man?

As you know, the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the magi or wise men visiting Jesus in Bethlehem and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). Holy scripture does not tell us their names or how many there were. No one knows for sure. Eastern Orthodoxy says there were twelve but our tradition says there were three, probably because there were three gifts, and names them Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. But what about the fourth wise man? Continue reading Do You Know The Story Of The Fourth Wise Man?

Epiphany Proclamation Of Easter 2020

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable dates, it was a convenient time to proclaim the date … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation Of Easter 2020

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Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2019

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable dates, it was a convenient time to proclaim the date … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2019

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Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2015

The Church has a couple of important and meaningful traditions related to The Feast of the Epiphany: the blessing of homes and the Epiphany Proclamation of Easter. I have previously written about Epiphany house blessings using chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy. The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts on the Feast of the … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation of Easter 2015

The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Dormition, and Assumption

Today, August 15, is one of the great Marian feast days. The Eastern Orthodox call it the Feast of the Dormition while Roman Catholics call it the Feast of the Assumption. They deal with the same event but the interpretation is a bit different. The Rev. Patrick Comerford offers the following distinction: The Orthodox Church teaches that Mary died a natural death, like any human … Continue reading The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Dormition, and Assumption