Sunday, 3 January 2016

3rd January - Epiphany Sunday (2016)

Today is celebrated as the Epiphany (Lit Manifestation, striking appearance or Theophany). It's also known as Three Kings' Day or the Day of Lights. It's a feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ and for many, featuring the visit of the Magi to the Christ-child. 

The traditional date for the feast is January 6 but since 1970, the celebration is held on the Sunday after January 1. The earliest reference to Epiphany as a Christian feast was in AD 361. St Epiphanius says that January 6 is "Christ's Birthday; that is, His Epiphany". He also asserts that the Miracle at Cana occurred on the same calendar day.