Solemn Eucharist for Epiphany

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Friday, 6 January 2017
Exeter Cathedral
Classical Music

The Cathedral Choir lead the celebration of the feast of the Epiphany at Exeter Cathedral.

What is Epiphany?

In western Christian Churches, the season of Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season. The word ‘epiphany’ means ‘revelation’ or ‘manifestation’ and is about God being revealed to the world in Jesus.

The symbol of this in the Christmas story is the visit to the baby Jesus of the Three Wise Men or Magi. They were not Jews and came from a foreign land and so they stand for the rest of the world.

The three Wise Men are often named in traditional stories about their journey, but not in the Bible: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. The story of the visit of the Wise Men in the Bible comes from Matthew Gospel chapter 2. The number of them – three – comes from the number of gifts they brought: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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