“It’s like a second Christmas,” said Bianca, a ten-year-old who is looking forward to attending a celebration at her Aunt’s house. “Maybe we get the baby Jesus from the Rosca de Reyes.”
“For us, growing up,” said Gunter, “It was a little Christmas. The end of Christmastide.”
“I come from a Catholic tradition,” said John, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “For me, Epiphany is a day I set aside for servicve to others.”
John’s quote is one that came back to me while working on this piece.
For the meaning of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, you will find many different answers, but all focus on the same subject, Jesus Christ and the visit of the Maggi.
Epiphany is observed, primarily, by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and other liturgical churches. It is also one of the earliest feasts in the Church.
Also known as “Twelfth Day,” signals the end of the Christmas season and celebrates the revelation of God, in the flesh, as Jesus Christ. It’s also a time when some Churches recall the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist.
To understand Epiphany and its importance, I spoke with Rev Dr Karl Heimer, Pastor of San Pablo Lutheran Church, and Scott Juengel, Servant Event Director of Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care. I also learned how the Spirit of Epiphany could be lived out in the service we provide to others.
To that end, both Pastor Heimer and Mr Juengel spoke of servant evens, groups that build homes for those in need.
To learn more about the Mission’s mission as well as the ministry they provided to those in need, visit them online by clicking here. Or, give them a call at 915-858-2588.
Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care and San Pablo Lutheran Church
301 S. Schutz Drive
You can also read and hear what Father Gonzales of the Society of Jesus had to say about Epiphany by clicking here.