FatherTerryWebEditRev. Terry Street - Rector

Bring on the Magi!

 At the beginning of each calendar new year, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany. The Feast of Epiphany brings to a close the Advent-Christmas season. The liturgical season of the Epiphany also serves as a “hinge” season or a mid-season between the AdventChristmas season 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 or self-examination, penitence and renewal in preparation for Easter. However, in the Epiphany season, we can simply relax and enjoy a season of pure joy, awe and hope . . . I love it!

 

Epiphany literally means “appearing” or “appearance”. The Feast of the Epiphany refers to the appearance of the Great Star in the East leading the “wise men” or Magi to the Christ-Child so they may be a witness to his birth and honor him with their gifs. Only Matthew out of the four Gospels tells of this delightful story about the Magi all dressed in their colorful robes, riding their camels slowly over the long stretch of the desert sand and a bright star with a glowing tail leading them to the humble place of Bethlehem where they will greet the Christ-Child with their most valued gifts.

 

I love this ending drama to the Advent-Christmas season! Speaking of drama, did you know that we have a little drama going on at St. Philip during the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season? Perhaps not noticed, but not secret or hidden, is the ongoing unfolding drama of the Creche up at the chancel area. The First Sunday of Advent we have the sudden appearance of the manger and a watchful angel. In the Second Sunday of Advent, we have the appearance of the animals. In the Third Sunday of Advent, we have the appearance of Mary and Joseph. And . . . on Christmas Eve, we have the first appearance of the ChristChild, Jesus, ceremoniously brought to the manger during our Christmas Eve Service. And . . . finally, last but not least in significance, is the coming and placement of the three “wise men” or Magi during the Feast of the Epiphany. I bet many of you did not realize that there was a behind-the-scenes sacred drama going on each Sunday!

 

This Nativity drama effectively ends with the coming of the Magi but the coming of the Magi is very significant. The Magi, these Gentiles and foreigners, represent the proclamation that Jesus is sovereign over all people and over all nations. The grace of the Epiphany Light breaks down all barriers of cultures, religions and economies. The Light of Christ is found in the Epiphany Light that brings the Good News of grace, redemption and inheritance to the Kingdom of God for all people. The Epiphany Light illumines our pathways and gives light to the deepest shadows of our life. Bring on the Magi because that is Good News for all!

 

During this season of the Epiphany, bask in the Light of the Epiphany with joy, awe and hope!

 


 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


Fr. Terry  t


 


 


January 19, 2019

 

 

SundaY WORSHIP


8:00 AM ContemplAtive Service (no music)

Alternating RITE I and Rite II


10:30 AM Holy Eucharist,Organ & Choir

Alternating Rite I and Rite II

 

Children's Nursery

provided for all Sunday Services.

 

Wednesday Worship 


12:10 PM Holy Communion and Healing Service

 



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