Everybody knows that Christmas is a season of joy. For one, it has at its heart a birth story. A new and healthy child came into the world, and his family rejoiced. Every birth is a new beginning, a fresh hope. Christmas joy overlaps with the most common of humanity’s great joys.
We tend not to associate joy with Epiphany. In Epiphany, Christians remember the visit that the sages from the East made to Bethlehem to honor the newborn Jesus, an act of gentile recognition of Christ’s divinity and mission (Matt. 2:1–12). In this season we also commemorate the first miracle Jesus performed—at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, when Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him (John 2:1–11). Each of these seemingly unrelated events highlights a crucial aspect of joy.
The Feast of the #Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the Magi, occurs on 6th January. This stained glass window, designed by Sir Edward Burne -Jones & created by William Morris’s company, was installed in the Epiphany Chapel at #WinchesterCathedral in 1910. #FolkloreThursday pic.twitter.com/yUn2T6Muzb
— Maude Frome (@frome_maude) January 5, 2022