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Epiphany

Derived from the Greek word Ἐπιφάνεια (= epiphaneia), epiphany means “appearance” or “manifestation." On the Christian liturgical calendar, the ancient feast day always falls on January 6. In the Western church, Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings, or Magi, to worship the baby Jesus and thus the revelation of the Son of God to the gentiles. According to St. Matthew's gospel (2:11), the Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. According to legend, the gold serves as an acknowledgment of Christ's role as a king; the incense symbolizes His divinity; and the myrrh portends His death on the cross.