The Feast of the Epiphany

At Augustana, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday January 9th, the first Sunday in the liturgical season of Epiphany. Epiphany commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus and the incarnation of God as human. Due to this divine revelation of the Son of Righteousness, and the imagery of the star that led the Magi to Jesus, we often refer to Epiphany as the Season of Light. Epiphany runs until the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

An interesting Epiphanytide tradition is the ‘chalking of the doors’. We do this to mark the hospitality of the Holy Family to the Magi (and thus all Gentiles) – it serves as a blessing to invite the presence of God in our homes. In this tradition, the text “20+C+M+B+22” is marked in chalk above the door. The 20 and 22 indicate the year, the +’s symbolize the cross, and the letters represent the traditional names of the Magi – Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

Celebrate Epiphany at Augustana on Sunday January 9th at two services – 8:30am and 10:45am.