The Epiphany of the Lord

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Adoration of Magi
Painting of The Adoration of Magi by Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra. Shutterstock

The Epiphany of the Lord

Feast day: January 7 (in 2024)

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the visit of the Magi to worship the baby Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Matthew. According to Matthew’s Gospel, the Magi offered gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn King. The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, which means “to shine upon,” “to manifest,” or “to make known.” The feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus, the Son of God, to the world. The liturgies of this day also commemorate the Baptism of Jesus, and the wedding at Cana.


O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy
that we, who know you already by faith,
may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.

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