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Epiphany | manifestation | The feast of the Epiphany on January 6 is a combination of celebrations in the life of Christ that emphasize the manifestation of God's salvation to the world, including the Gentiles. | There are three events that make up the traditional celebration of Epiphany: The Visit from the Magi ~ St Matthew 2 The Baptism of Christ ~ The Synoptic Gospels The Wedding Feast at Cana - St John The Magi Matthew 2

2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, cb(2,2); 2:2 “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” cb(2,3); 2:3 When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. cb(2,4); 2:4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. cb(2,5); 2:5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet, cb(2,6); 2:6 ‘You Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no way least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come forth a governor, who shall shepherd my people, Israel.’”* cb(2,7); 2:7 Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared. cb(2,8); 2:8 He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him.”; 2:9 They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. cb(2,10); 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. cb(2,11); 2:11 They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. cb(2,12); 2:12 Being warned in a dream that they shouldn’t return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way. 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” 2:14 He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, cb(2,15); 2:15 and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

The Baptism of Christ Mark 1

1:9 It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. cb(1,10); 1:10 Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. cb(1,11); 1:11 A voice came out of the sky, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” cb(1,12); 1:12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. cb(1,13); 1:13 He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him. cb(1,14); 1:14 Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God, cb(1,15); 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.”

The Wedding Feast at Cana John 2

2:1 The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. cb(2,2); 2:2 Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage. cb(2,3); 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.” cb(2,4); 2:4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.” cb(2,5); 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” cb(2,6); 2:6 Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece. cb(2,7); 2:7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim. cb(2,8); 2:8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it. cb(2,9); 2:9 When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, cb(2,10); 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!” cb(2,11); 2:11 This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Questions for the Journey | theology is a way of life 1. What relevance does the celebration of these events in Christ's life have for me? For the Church? 2. What happened immediately after these events? Is there a significant pattern and if so, is this significant? 3. Can you see any images from the Old Testament in any of these stories? In particular, what Old Testament images are found in the Magi and Christ's Baptism? 4. How can this study help you this week?

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The handout for the Bible Study @ St Timothy's on January 6, 2010.