Sunday, January 6 was Epiphany Sunday designated in the Books of Common Prayers as The Epiphany, or the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Bishop Hartley explained in his sermon that this day is the start of a new season in the church calendar and has been designated as such since the fourth century. In the Eastern Orthodox churches is celebrated as the nativity instead of December 25.
The Bishop continued in his sermon to say that the arrival of the Three Wise Men on this day represents the coming of the gentile, or non-Jewish, world to Christ. These wise men were astronomers or early scientists and their gifts were symbolic; gold is the most valuable substance on Earth, incense is symbolic of God’s presence and myrr was the ancient funeral spice foreshadowing Christ’s death. This recognition of Christ by the non-Jewish world makes him univerrsal.
The Saint Francis congregation wishes to express condolences to the family of Herald publisher, Jim Curry; Fr. Glen and I attended his funeral on Saturday along with many other citizens of our area. His contributions were many and he will be missed.
Bishop Glen Hartley conducts servces at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.