a.comments-title.active, a.comment-date { Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, as a rule, the feast celebrates the manifestation of God to the world in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ, his Son. */ The Epiphany is depicted in a mural titled “Adoration of the Magi” in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo. .entry-body dt { Bulletins. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also in his baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana. Meanwhile, the Eastern Churches' celebration of Theophany celebrates Christ's baptism and is one of the holiest feast days of the liturgical calendar. The feast of the Epiphany is Jan. 5. Over time, the Western Church separated the remaining feasts into their own celebrations, leaving the celebration of the Epiphany to commemorate primarily the Visitation of the Magi to see the newborn Christ on Jan. 6. } Hezekias Carnazzo explained to CNA the significance of the feast of the Theophany – and of Christ’s Baptism more broadly – within the Eastern Catholic churches. } Carnazzo said. St Epiphanius, bishop of Salamis in Cyprus (315-402) says that 6th January is “the day of Jesus’ birth, that is, of his epiphany” (PG 41:935-940), but he also mentions the miracle of Cana and the Magi. window._wpemojiSettings = {"baseUrl":"https:\/\/s.w.org\/images\/core\/emoji\/13.0.0\/72x72\/","ext":".png","svgUrl":"https:\/\/s.w.org\/images\/core\/emoji\/13.0.0\/svg\/","svgExt":".svg","source":{"concatemoji":"https:\/\/www.catholicvoice.org.au\/wp-includes\/js\/wp-emoji-release.min.js?ver=5.5.3"}}; Today in Europe, Epiphany celebrations are sometimes just as important as Christmas, with celebrants exchanging gifts on Epiphany instead of Christmas, or on both holidays. .fn-widget ul li { var f = arguments[len-1]; Did McCarrick use charitable fund to settle abuse claim? cursor: default; At Catholic News Agency, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith. background-color: #d12e2e; In Italy, La Befana brings sweets and presents to children not on Christmas, but on Epiphany. "What Jesus did was to take our human nature and do with it what we could not do - which is, to walk it out of death, and that's exactly what He did with His baptism." As part of the liturgy of the Epiphany, it is traditional to proclaim the date of Easter and other moveable feast days to the faithful – formally reminding the Church of the importance of Easter and the resurrection to both the liturgical year and to the faith. console.log( 'Not running function __gaTracker(' + arguments[0] + " ....) because you are not being tracked. " In some cultures, the greenery and nativity scenes put up at Christmas are taken down at Epiphany. After the water is blessed, the faithful drink the water, and bring bottles of water to bring back to their homes for use and not only physical but spiritual healing, he explained.