Friday, January 4, 2013
Gifts of the Wise Men
This is a re post from one year ago today. I wanted to share it again.
January 6th is known as the Epiphany or Feast of the Three Magi. It is the 12th day of Christmas, beginning December 25th. This holiday looks toward the Church's mission to the world to show Jesus as our Savior.
The Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In Italy, The Epiphany is a national holiday and children wait for La Befana. She is an old woman who brings gifts to good children, and leaves coal to the bad ones. The tale goes on to say that the Wise Men knocked on her door and asked her to accompany them on their journey, but she refused. After seeing a huge powerful light in the sky, she set out with gifts to join them, but got lost. She goes out bringing gifts each year in the hopes of finding Baby Jesus.
As part of celebrating on January 6th, some people make a King's Cake or a bread filled with all sorts of goodies to represent the gifts brought by the Wise Men.
You can find a tasty recipe here.
Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star,
Please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith.
Help us to desire You as ardently as they did.
Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You.
May we, like them, have something to give You when we appear before You.
Mary, Our Mother, help us to know Your Son. Amen.
- from Catholic Cuisine
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