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09 – 11 (12): Forefeast of Epiphany (2-5 January)

THE FOREFEASTS OF HOLY THEOPHANY (2nd – 5th January)

DAY ONE – THE FOREFEAST OF HOLY THEOPHANY The first day of the Forefeast of Theophany falls on January 2. Like the hymns for the Nativity, many of the Church’s hymns of this period are slightly modified versions of the hymns of Holy Week. One of the hymns at Matins today says that the coming Feast of Theophany will be ... Read More »

PRE-FESTIVE DAYS OF THE THEOPHANY

After the feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1), the Church turns its gaze from our Lord’s infancy and childhood to his public ministry, which will begin with His baptism (Matthew 3:13-17). The feast of our Lord’s baptism is called the Theophany, meaning “the manifestation” or “appearance of God”, and is celebrated on January 6. During the days leading up to ... Read More »