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Easter Service Bulletin







Next to Easter, the oldest season in the Church Year is Epiphany. It has been observed since the second century, falling on January 6th. The Western Church has always associated this festival with the visit of the Wise Men, or the Magi, as they are known. It is appropriate for Epiphany to follow Christmas, since the visit of the Magi did not occur for at least a year or more after Jesus’ birth, contrary to the popular portrayal of most modern manger scenes. The season itself is flexible in length, ranging from six to nine weeks long, depending on the date of Easter. It reaches its highest peak at the celebration of Transfiguration. There we see the light of the glory of Christ shining the brightest, only to be snuffed out on Good Friday and rekindled on Easter.

The name “Epiphany” means “manifestation.” It refers to the fact that the light of the glory of God in Jesus Christ has been revealed to the world of sin and darkness. In other words, Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.

To us, Epiphany is a very special time. It’s a time of rejoicing for all Christians, and especially something for us as Gentiles (non Jews) to rejoice about. Remember, the Wise Men were Gentile kings who came to acknowledge the fact that Jesus is the Lord of all, a “light to lighten the Gentiles,” as the Scriptures tell us. Therefore, Epiphany ought to be a great source of joy for we who live in the light of the Lordship of Christ.

Epiphany is also a time for worship. It begins with the Magi coming to worship Christ the newborn King, and it ends with the disciples’ worship experience on the Mount of Transfiguration. And for us, Epiphany is a time of worshiping Christ our Lord, a time to fall at His feet in thanks for all that He has done for us.

In addition, Epiphany is also a time to witness. It’s a time for the spreading of the Good News of Christ, a time for shining the Light of Christ on dark and desperate lives. Since Christ is the Light of the world, Christians are to reflect that Light. We are light-bearers throughout our lives. Therefore, the great theme during the season of Epiphany is the need for evangelism. That is, just as the star guided the Wise Men to Christ, so we guide others to Christ, our Savior.