What is Epiphany, anyway?

Posted in Faith

This Wednesday (6 January, 2016) is Epiphany – you can see it marked in this year’s Uniting Church SA calendar (soon to be available online) and in the Uniting Church in Australia’s lectionary readings for 2015-2016.

But what is Epiphany, anyway?

Epiphany, which is also known as Theophany or Three Kings’ Day, is an occasion where Christians celebrate the revelation/manifestation (epiphany) of Christ. It particularly commemorates the occasion of the Magi visiting Christ as a child; this represents the physical manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles.

The traditional date for these celebrations is 6 January. For many, it marks the end of a 12-day festival – known as the Twelve Days of Christmas (like the song!) or Christmastide – which begins on Christmas Day.

Epiphany is mainly celebrated in Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican churches, but other Christian congregations will sometimes choose to mark the occasion. There are a number of different traditions observed for Epiphany, which tend to vary between denominations.

If your congregation or faith community has a special Epiphany tradition, please contact the New Times editorial team – we’d love to hear about it! Please leave a comment or email us at Turn on Javascript!


More from Faith

Subscribe to receive Faith articles by email >


Reflection of the Week - 18th June 2024

Seeds are planted in us at our baptism, confirmation, and every time we receive the Eucharist. Like seeds, our faith needs time to come to fruition.


Reflection of the Week - 11th June 2024

Jesus was dogged by family and religious leaders who questioned his teaching, his healing, and his love for us all. At the heart of Mark’s writing, Jesus, through his stories, teaches us of his power over Satan and the paramount importance of the Holy Spirit.


‘I’m Not Racist, but …!’

Ordinarily when someone says the phrase ‘I’m Not Racist but …’ it is followed by a remark that highlights the ‘other.’


Comments (3)