013 Epiphany (Pod, Frankincense, and Myrrh)
Happy Epiphany! The calendar says that it's celebrated on January 6. But how many churches celebrate it then? Or at all?? • Show notes: http://www.riteandmusical.org/2018/01/013-epiphany.html
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- The Feast of the Holy Name is January 1. This feast takes precedence of a Sunday (BCP page 16).
- Epiphany traditionally commemorates three separate miracles
- The Adoration of the Magi (or the Wise Men; or the Three Kings, so numbered because there are three gifts mentioned in the Gospel, but not necessarily three kings)
- The Baptism of Jesus (see below)
- The Wedding at Cana (Jesus changing water into wine)
- The second miracle is chiefly observed on the Sunday after the Epiphany: the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This is also one of the traditional Sundays for Baptism in the Episcopal Church. We touched on this in our very first episode: 001 Baptism (Becoming the Pod-y of Christ)
- Tribus miraculis - Note: David mispronounces this in the episode - some choral settings here: "Tribus miraculis" at CPDL
- from the marriage service, BCP page 423: "...our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee."
- Hymn 135: "Songs of thankfulness and praise"
Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to thee we raise, manifested by the star to the sages from afar; branch of royal David's stem in thy birth at Bethlehem; anthems be to thee addressed, God in man made manifest. Manifest at Jordan's stream, Prophet, Priest and King supreme; and at Cana, wedding guest, in thy Godhead manifest; manifest in power divine, changing water into wine; anthems be to thee addressed, God in man made manifest.
- Scott Gunn article on having an Epiphany service on the day itself (January 6): "When shall we celebrate the Epiphany?"
- "First, the church will not grow by cheapening discipleship"
- "Second, clergy leaders need to learn that their personal preferences must take a distant back seat to the common prayer — to the discipline — of our church."
- "Third, congregations might discover that there is a substantial number of people who are actually eager to celebrate the feast days of the church in due course."
- "Fourth, there’s no compelling reason to move the feast."
- Tune in next year when we talk about the idea of the "Epiphany season".
- Songs in the Desert - Sign up now to take part in this collabortive audio Lenten devotional for 2018. More information at sinden.org/hymns
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