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EPIPHANYTIDE PROCESSION

14 January 2018 4pm

The Feast of the Epiphany - the Manifestation of Christ - has, in the Western Church, traditionally focused on the visit of the Magi, as recorded in St. Matthew's Gospel. In other Christian traditions, there have been differing emphases. The Declaration made at Christ's baptism in the Jordan (Mark 1.11), and the 'sign' of water turned into wine at the wedding at Cana (John 2. 1-11) both point to Jesus as the one who is 'God in Man made manifest'.

This Procession holds together these three 'strands' of the Epiphany in an attempt to reflect not only on the Biblical accounts and their meanings, but also on the consequences for the Church of Christ's coming among us.

The Baptism of the Lord challenges us to examine our own standing before God as those who have been united with Christ in the Sacrament of Baptism. The Adoration of the Magi calls us to reflect on our devotion to Christ, both as individuals and as community in the Church. The manifestation of God's glory at Cana within the context of a marriage feast, looks forward to the hope of the new creation, when the redeemed will sit and eat at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Today the Church has been joined to her heavenly bridegroom, since Christ has purified her of her sins in the River Jordan: the Magi hasten to the royal wedding and offer gifts: the wedding guests rejoice since Christ has changed water into wine. Alleluia!
Antiphon, Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord