Notes from the Dean  

The Feast of the Epiphany and the Burning of the Greens - January 6th, Cathedral Chapel and courtyard, 5.30 service

We will mark the Feast of the Epiphany with a Chapel service and "the burning of the greens" in the Cathedral courtyard following the service.  Please bring a portion of Christmas greenery and leave it in the courtyard before entering for the service.  The burning of the greens marks the end of the Christmas season, and marks the Epiphany as the Feast of Light.  Please invite your children, as we will be singing about wise men, stars, and then starting a fire.  We will also be offering chalk that has been blessed for a simple and child friendly chalking/blessing of our homes, an Epiphany tradition in Great Briton that coincides with the New Year.

If God is gracious, we may even find that some have volunteered to arrange for hot chocolate and cookies during our burning of the greens.

 

{From the website: Full Homely Divinity}

Having valiantly bucked the culture and kept the Christmas feasting going for a full twelve days, it would be easy, at last, to give in and to move on, back to "the old dispensation,", "the moderate Aristotelian city." And yet, having come so far, wouldn't it be unfortunate simply to resume the standard routines of our lives as if nothing had changed? Have we indeed "seen the actual Vision and failed/ To do more than entertain it as an agreeable Possibility," rather than as the one thing that really does matter? When the Twelve Days of Christmas are over, the Church does not go into hibernation. Indeed, what comes next gives us an opportunity to move from the private ponderings of blessed Mary and the wonder and praise of the shepherds to a closer consideration of the public meaning and proper response to all that we have seen and heard. We must not be at ease, and the Church is not at ease, for the Twelve Days end with the Eve of another Feast, the Epiphany.

"Epiphany" means "manifestation." The full title of this feast that begins a new season of the Church Year is, "The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles." The Epiphany season, which extends from January 6th through Shrove Tuesday, highlights various occasions when Jesus was manifested to both Jews and Gentiles. To begin with, we will focus on the very first manifestation to the Gentiles, when wise men from the East came to visit the infant Child in Bethlehem. 

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