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Epiphany commemorates the visitation of the Magi to the baby Jesus, acknowledging him as the Son of God. It marks the manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles, symbolizing the spread of the Gospel beyond the Jewish community. The observance encapsulates fundamental themes of divine revelation, mission, and acceptance of Jesus’s messiahship by all nations. Depending on various Christian denominations, the Epiphany also honors events such as Jesus’s baptism by John the Baptist and the wedding feast at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle.
Epiphany has roots dating back to the 3rd century in Egypt. It was initially simultaneous with the celebration of Christ's birth, before the separation of Christmas and Epiphany in the 4th century. For many Protestants and Roman Catholics, Epiphany symbolizes the mission to bring the Gospel to the non-Jewish world, emphasizing the universality of Jesus’s message.
The period leading up to Epiphany, known as the Twelve Days of Christmas, culminates in an Epiphany feast or party on January 5, referred to as Twelfth Night. Epiphany, often falling on January 6 in America, might feature church services, house blessings, and other community-oriented events. Epiphany Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and 8, incorporating special hymns, scriptures, and sermons reminding congregations of Jesus’s divinity and humanity.
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