Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the King heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. – Matthew 2:1 – 12 (NKJV)
In the Church, today, January 6th is Epiphany, when we celebrate the Magi bringing their gifts to worship the Christ Child – and, even more significantly, the Christ Child being revealed to the entire world.
It marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of season of Epiphany which will last until Ash Wednesday, March 2nd this year.
On this day, we also remember the symbolic meaning of the gifts of the Magi.
It’s a lovely day – and season – in the Church.
As an aside, for this New Orleans loving soul, it’s also the beginning of King Cake season.
Of course, the King Cake is named for the Three Kings and is to only be served from Epiphany on each year – with its Mardi Gras colors and its Baby Jesus hidden inside.
Our daughter Sara is a wonderful cook and baker and last year she started learning a gluten free version of King Cake as a gift for me because I love it and had been without it since I had been diagnosed with celiac. It was amazing and I was so excited. Well, today, our King Cake Baby – all that was missing from last year’s recipe – was ordered and is on the way.
I am just tickled. 🙂
We are so looking forward to a lovely Winter and Epiphany here in the Hippie Hut. ❤
Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Grace and Blessings.