Epiphany is the Rodney Dangerfield of Christian holidays. It gets no respect; most of us are done celebrating Christmas by New Year’s Day. However, beginning with the Annunciation, so much of the liturgical calendar is pointing directly at Epiphany. Let’s take a look at how we get there in 10 easy steps. . . . → Read More: Giving Epiphany a Little Respect
A dedication to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – “The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic church called to pray together. The family is the domestic church and must be the first school of prayer…” . . . → Read More: The Feast of the Holy Family: Church Planting 101
On this third day of Christmas, Holy Mother Church gives us more gifts to unwrap today – the feast of St. John the Apostle, the “eagle of theology,” and the symbolism between three French hens, the wisemen, and Epiphany. . . . → Read More: On the 3rd Day of Christmas, the Gifts Keep Coming
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … the feast of St. Stephan, Boxing Day, and the scriptural significance of two turtle doves. . . . → Read More: On the 2nd Day of Christmas …
A Rembrandt painting of the Nativity and a Christmas poem by G.K. Chesterton. . . . → Read More: Two Takes on Christmas: Chesterton and Rembrandt
Has the commercialization of Christmas turned you into Scrooge? Rather than just making lists, baking cookies, hanging stockings, and wrapping presents, spend some time preparing your heart for the birth of our Savior by actually celebrating Advent. Here are some practical suggestions. . . . → Read More: Keep Christ in Christmas by Celebrating Advent
This is the cover of the English-language January 2012 edition of Magnificat. It features “Adoration of the Magi,” an illumination from the Hours of Henry VIII, Tours, France, circa 1500.
© The Pierpont Morgan Library / Art Resource / Scala, Florence
I found the commentary by Pierre-Marie Dumont quite enlightening:
“In the fourth century, Byzantine art begins to differentiate the ages of the Magi; the first becomes an old man with a long white beard; the second a mature man with a brown beard; the third a clean-shaven young man. Early in the eleventh century the names of the Magi appear in tandem with their . . . → Read More: Adoration of the Magi
Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb
Kissing the Face of God by American painter Morgan Weistling
The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the lamb and sing forever: Glory to you, O Lord.
Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, the male children executed because of Herod’s fury to find the Christ child. Herod, fearing for his throne after the Magi told him of the birth of Jesus, ordered the massacre of all Bethlehem boys age two and under hoping that Jesus would be among those killed (Matthew 2:1-18). According to Matthew, this fulfilled a prophecy of Jeremiah 31:15: ”A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no . . . → Read More: The Feast of the Holy Innocents
The Nativity may be the most expressive representation of Christmas. Here’s an around-the-world look at a few of them. . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes: Merry Christmas from Around the World