Epiphany? So What?

by Steve Ray on January 6, 2013

 What is Epiphany anyway? And why should I care?

MagiTissot sm2.jpgFind out at times below, all Eastern times:
-Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 AM on Relevant Radio
-Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 8:30 AM
Baton Rouge LA Catholic Radio
-Friday, Jan 6 at 9:10 AM with Teresa Tomeo on
Ave Maria Radio.
-Friday, Jan 6 from 5:00-6:00 PM with Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio

Follow their links to listen to the archived show later.

Steve will discuss the fascinating history behind this week’s Feast of the Epiphany– the Magi, the Baptism of Jesus and the Miracle of Cana and how this feast developed over the centuries. John Paul II gave 52 Homilies that mention the word Epiphany, or are centered on the Epiphany. It was celebrated long before Christmas became the central Advent celebration.

For Steve‘s article “Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds” click here. To read about the Epiphany in the Catholic Encyclopedia, click here. To learn why Steve Ray converted to the Catholic Church, click here for his story, and here for his talk.

Steve and Teresa with Guide Amer in Jerusalem

For brochures of upcoming pilgrimages and cruises, click here.

Be sure to check out the Teresa Tomeo – Ave Maria Radio – Steve Ray Pilgrimage coming up this April!

For more information on our Footprints of Jesus & Mary Pilgrimage to the Holy Land click on the link provided or on the picture of me with our bus, my local guide and driver in Israel. and upcoming , click on the links provided. For our Pilgrimage Website, click here. For more info, call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, extension 121. (Steve with guide and driver in Israel with our bus.)


Steve and Teresa in Ave Maria studiosCatechism on Epiphany: “The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates 1) the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with 2) his baptism in the Jordan and 3) the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. “

“The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that (us) pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Saviour of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament. The Epiphany shows that “the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family of the patriarchs”, and acquires Israelitica dignitas–(is made “worthy of the heritage of Israel”).”  CCC 528

One Comment

  • servant joe says:

    Howdy Steve, Thanks for a clear up. Recently, the Archbishop of Anglican Church recently said that something about the feast of Ephipany. He said it just was a legend. What is your take on that? I am a Catholic all my life; but just recently take my faith seriously. Pray for me and my family as we take this journey together. servant joe

    STEVE RAY HERE: The visit of the Magi is historical and true. What the Bible tells us is trustworthy and without error. The Anglican church also ordains gays and women which is why so many Anglicans are leaving to join the Catholic Church — even bishops! There are a lot of "liberals" who want to challenge the truth of Scripture. Shame of them. You are on the right path — so stay true to the fullness of the teaching of the Catholic Church. God bless you!

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