For those who have prepared readily in Advent, the mystery of Christmas is worth an extended celebration, even unto Jan. 6: the celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. What happens Jan. 6 is called the Epiphany.
An Epiphany is a manifestation of some sort. When thinking about Christ, there are a few manifestations of the divinity of Christ; i.e.: at His Baptism, at the Wedding at Cana, the Nativity and the visit of the Magi.
At Christmas, we laid Baby Jesus in the manger, and now we participate as the Wise Men from the East come and lay their gifts before the Lord: gold, frankincense and myrrh - symbols of Christ the King, Christ the God, and Christ being prepared for His death and burial. Christ is truly King, truly God and truly Man.
For those who live in Christ will enter into His Spirit.
Epiphany then is nothing else but the showing-forth of who He truly is. As we bring our own gifts to Christ and lay them at His feet (the gift of our- selves), we will be enlightened by Him and in turn will go out into the world to show forth the light we have received.
Fr. Peter J. Auer is pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in John Day.