Date of the Feast of the Epiphany Encompasses Three Major Events In the Life of Christ


These different aspects of the feast are captured within two antiphons found within the Divine Office for today’s feast:

We celebrate a holy day adorned with three mysteries: this day the star led the Magi to the manger; this day wine was made from water at the wedding; this day Christ willed to be baptized in the Jordan by John in order to save us, alleluia.”
— Antiphon for the Magnificat, Second Vespers

“Today the Church hath been joined to her heavenly Spouse, for Christ hath washed away her sins in the Jordan; the Magi hasten with gifts to the royal nuptials, and the guests are gladdened with wine made from water, alleluia.”
— Antiphon for the Benedictus, Lauds

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