Tradition usually has the visit of the magi with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the final day of Christmas, heralding the season of Epiphany, the celebration of a manifestation, that in Jesus, all that needs to be known about God is revealed. The gifts of these 12 days comprise this epiphany. The challenge now is for someone to set them to the metre and music of the familiar “Partridge in a Pear Tree” carol which has its own debated symbolism.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, God gave humanity:
11 Auld Lang Syne – connection
10 Word dwells among us
9 Deep wisdom
8 Fresh start
7 Visionary hope
6 Cosmic outlook
5 Unconstrained love
4 Thankful hearts
3 Wedding clothes
1….and peace on earth to all.
Now there’s a start!
3 thoughts on “The twelfth day of Christmas… Epiphany!”
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I feel a deep connection to epiphany because I like the metaphor of the wise men seeking the Messiah. My faith journey is not always easy or straightforward so I identify with the seeking nature of the Magi.
Agreed. The magi appear to have known enough from right outside the Hebrew messianic tradition that a great revelation of God had taken place in the Christ child. They bring both their knowing and their unknowing to present as gifts. It seems you and I can both relate to that!