January 7-8 – Epiphany of the Lord

January 7-8 – Epiphany of the Lord

Blessing of Epiphany Water

Saturday, January 7, following the 6 pm Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the Blessing of Epiphany Water will be given at St. Vincent Ferrer.  There is an ancient tradition to bless holy water on this feast in honor of Jesus’ sanctification of the waters of the Jordan at his Baptism.  The Church asks God to unseal the font of grace to bless the water and make it a means of both protection from evil and sanctification for people and places.  Please bring a bottle of water if you would like to have Epiphany Water at home. Epiphany Chalk will also be available.

Epiphany

Sunday, January 8 is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  This very ancient feast, with origins in the Christian East, highlights the mystery of the manifestation of Jesus Christ to all peoples, as exemplified by the Magi who came to worship the King of the Jews just born in Bethlehem; the Baptism by John in the Jordan River; and his first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana.  Also known as “Little Christmas” or “Three Kings Day” and traditionally celebrated on January 6 as the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Epiphany is considered the peak of Christmastide.