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OnDaFence 31M/38M
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1/5/2019 8:06 pm

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Epiphany



Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrating God coming into the flesh as Jesus Christ. It is celebrated differently in Western and Eastern churches, and there are various customs around the world. The word "epiphany" comes from a Greek word meaning "to appear." Epiphany may have originated in the eastern half of the Roman Empire as a feast to honor Jesus' baptism, and then expanded to include a celebration of his birth, the visit of the Magi, and the events of Jesus' childhood. The day began being celebrated in the latter half of the fourth century.



In Western churches the day commemorates the visit of the Magi—the day that Jesus was revealed to Gentiles. In some Western denominations, Epiphany starts the liturgical season of Epiphanytide, and the night before is many times celebrated as Twelfth Night.



In Eastern churches Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus, whereas in Western churches this is observed during the Baptism of the Lord. The day is also known as Theophany in Eastern churches, and Epiphany is one of the Great Feasts of the Eastern liturgical year.



Various traditions are observed around the world. Some Western churches participate in the chalking of doors. Chalk is used to write the initials of the three Magi over the doors of homes and churches. The names of the Magi are traditionally seen as being Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. It so happens that the same initials are also in the phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat," which translates to "may Christ bless the house." Fittingly, the blessing of houses often takes place after chalking. Star singing, which includes going door to door, is popular in some countries.



Three kings cakes are popular along the US Gulf Coast, particularly in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana, but also in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. In New Orleans, Epiphany marks the beginning of the carnival season.



Winter swimming is popular in Eastern Europe and Russia during Epiphany. Another important tradition of Epiphany is attending church services. Finally, many people spend Twelfth Night, or Epiphany Eve, removing Christmas decorations.



There are various ways to celebrate Epiphany:

*take down your Christmas decorations (today also happens to be National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day too)

*participate in a house chalking or house blessing

*go winter swimming

*attend a church service

*make a three kings cake

*do some star singing

*listen to the two cantatas that Johann Sebastian Bach composed for Epiphany



OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/5/2019 8:08 pm

I am thinking for my penance of making a Three kings cake.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/5/2019 8:09 pm

Trying to decide between an apple/cherry or a peach/mango.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/5/2019 8:10 pm

When I mentioned it to JD he said "if it's for penance it would have to cover the south 280!'


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/5/2019 8:12 pm

My late husband's requiem will be Thursday at 10 am.


Hungr4Yungr 69M
3725 posts
1/5/2019 9:06 pm

It's sad about your husband. He should have taken your small cake offer and ran with it. Oh, well, too late now. See you on Thursday.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/5/2019 9:47 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    It's sad about your husband. He should have taken your small cake offer and ran with it. Oh, well, too late now. See you on Thursday.
I made it look like an accident!!! Double indemnity accidental death Life insurance policy! The cops who love my homemade donuts even agreed that the hammer should fall off the top shelf of the bookcase was such a shame!


Spicy_D69 56M  
494 posts
1/5/2019 11:37 pm

Since I've been with Tom we take down our Christmas tree on the 12 day Epiphany
This is a picture of the stain glass window at St. Vitus Cathedral inside of Prague Castle at Prague, Czech Republic
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OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/6/2019 12:15 am

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    It's sad about your husband. He should have taken your small cake offer and ran with it. Oh, well, too late now. See you on Thursday.
I know Danno... I am gonna miss him while I lounge on the sunny beaches of the Cayman's


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/6/2019 12:19 am

    Quoting Spicy_D69:
    Since I've been with Tom we take down our Christmas tree on the 12 day Epiphany
    This is a picture of the stain glass window at St. Vitus Cathedral inside of Prague Castle at Prague, Czech Republic
    [image]
BEAUTIFUL!!! They don't make them like that anymore.


bychance4709 56M
1362 posts
1/6/2019 2:28 pm

Went to church
took down Christmas decorations
made King cake
Did half the list!!!


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26438 posts
1/6/2019 6:38 pm

    Quoting bychance4709:
    Went to church
    took down Christmas decorations
    made King cake
    Did half the list!!!
Today I didn't hardly do jack shit. Yesterday was just one thing after another so today. After a few things that needed to be done I just quit and laid down for a nap.