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Epiphany: The Light of Christ


As the season of Advent and Christmas comes to a close, the season of the Epiphany brings in the beginning of a new year, 2018. The Epiphany is one of my favorite liturgical seasons! It seems to be a period of time that is a “hinge” season between Advent-Christmas and the season of Lent. During Advent, we contemplate our readiness and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ-child and for the Second Coming of Christ. In the Lenten season, there is a prolonged focus on self-examination, penitence and renewal. In the Epiphany season, however, it seems to be a season of pure joy, awe, and hope. It is a prolonged season of celebration of an awesome God that sent a part of the Divine to dwell among us in the Incarnation of Christ. It is a celebration of the God of Creation as beautifully illustrated in the Rite II, Eucharistic Prayer C liturgy:

 

“God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. Glory to you forever and ever. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home. By your will they were created and have their being.” (BCP 370)

 

It is the celebration of an awesome God that not only created heaven and earth and humanity, but miraculously and wonderfully sent his own Son to be Incarnate and to be in our midst in the flesh as an Everlasting Light. So the first Light of Christ was found in the Epiphany Light of the shining star over Bethlehem, first observed in the celestial heavens of God’s creation. The celebration of God’s creation found in the liturgy of Eucharistic Prayer C in the Book of Common Prayer is such a good match for the Epiphany Season.

 

The sign of the star given to the shepherds of the field and to the foreign Magi was a symbol of God’s revelation and acceptance to whoever we may be, wherever we are, and no matter how far we may be. The Epiphany Light is a symbol of God’s grace revealed and poured upon all people. The Epiphany Star is a symbol for us of what incredible and wondrous measures that God will take to draw us to Him and to show us the way to his love, grace and counsel. The Epiphany Light is a symbol of hope and assurance.

 

For Christians, the Epiphany story and the Epiphany Light can bring joyful hope and a source of guidance and direction in our lives. The Epiphany Light can illuminate our pathways and give guidance and hope throughout the coming year. The Light of Christ can illuminate all darkness in the dark and shadowy places of our world and in our own lives. The Good News found in the Epiphany Light is that we can find the Light of Christ through the many shadows, challenges, difficulties and concerns that we may have in the upcoming year of 2018. All things are possible with God and all darkness can be illuminated by the Light of Christ that can bring divine direction and hope into our lives.

 

What a hope-filled, joyful season! What blessed assurance! Invite the Light . . . Be the Light of Christ to others!

 

Happy Epiphany!


Happy New Year!

 

 

 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


Fr. Terry  t


 


 


January 17, 2018

 

 

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