The twelve days of Christmas (the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany) continue this week. The Festival of the Epiphany of our Lord, observed on January 6th, is the second oldest festival celebrated by the Church, dating to the second century. The Eastern Church commemorates the birth of Christ on this day, but the Western Church remembers it as the “Gentile Christmas” and celebrates Jesus who appeared as the Word for the world. The season of Epiphany (the Greek word for “appearance”) recalls how Jesus appeared to be the Son of God and the Savior of all people. Jesus appears as Savior of the Nations.
This week’s readings bring to mind the Lord’s faithfulness as we close out another year of his grace and lead us to rejoice that Jesus came to be the Savior of all – our Savior!
Here is this week’s “Together in the Word” for your personal and/or family devotional use.
God bless your celebration of the start of a new year this week. And may God continue to grow your faith, as you hear and study his Word this week!
Your Brother in Christ,