What We Celebrate
The Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth. As the Magi made their way to Jesus, they experienced God's comfort and the care of others even though they were strangers from different lands.
How We Can Celebrate: Epiphany Blessing Bags
Through the Advent and Christmas seasons, St. John’s will collect socks, gloves, and warm hats to include in Epiphany Blessing Bags. This is the first in what we hope will be an annual Epiphany tradition for us. This year's donated items will be distributed through Saginaw's Hearth Home and other Great Lakes Bay Health Centers. These clinics see many homeless individuals who lack these clothing items. Help us fill these bags and make winter a little less harsh for these folks. We aim to collect 150 sets of these items - representing 150 years of Episcopal worship & ministry in Midland.
Bags will be distributed the week of Epiphany, January 7, so please bring donations to the labeled box in our narthex by the preceding Sunday, December 31. Questions? Please email Suzanne or call (989) 631-2260. Thank you!
A bit of history...
The winter solstice was kept on Jan. 6 at some places during the first centuries of the Christian Era. In opposition to pagan festivals, Christians chose this day to celebrate the various manifestations, or "epiphanies," of Jesus' divinity. These showings of his divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism, and the Wedding at Cana where he miraculously changed water into wine. The day was called "The Feast of Lights." Celebration of the Son of God replaced celebration of the sun. Baptisms were done, and a season of preparation was instituted. It was later called Advent.
The solstice was kept on Dec. 25 by the fourth century. Jesus' birth was celebrated on this day in both eastern and western churches. The western church commemorated the coming of the Magi on Jan. 6. The eastern church continued to celebrate the Baptism of our Lord and the Wedding at Cana on Jan. 6. In the east the day was called "Theophany" (manifestation of God).
Following The Book of Common Prayer, January 6 is the feast day marking the coming of the Magi; the Baptism of our Lord is celebrated on the First Sunday after the Epiphany.
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