The Season of Christmas

Beginning with Christmas Eve, we move into the liturgical season of Christmas. This season consists of two parts: the Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Christmastide, and Epiphany.

The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas begin with Christmas Eve on the evening of December 24 and continue until the feast of Epiphany on January 6. Various traditions celebrate the Twelve Days with gifts, lighting of candles, and other traditions.

Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi (the Wise Men) to the baby Jesus, symbolizing the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles. In some traditions, Epiphany also commemorates the baptism of Jesus as an adult. The Koine Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia derives from the verb “to appear” and means “manifestation” or “appearance.”

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