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#341157 - 01/11/10 03:49 PM Epiphany, Baptism, Cana
danman916 Offline

Registered: 11/12/07
Posts: 450
Loc: Illinois
In a passing comment, I had heard our deacon make a comment about the fact that there is a significance to the feast of Epiphany, the Baptism of the Lord, and the Wedding Feast at Cana being celebrated one after the other, and he had mentioned how the Eastern Churches recognize the significance of this moreso that western Catholicism does.
He didn't really elaborate further on this so I thought I would ask here.

What is the significance of seeing these 3 feast days together?


Edited by danman916 (01/11/10 03:50 PM)

#341161 - 01/11/10 04:18 PM Re: Epiphany, Baptism, Cana [Re: danman916]
ByzKat Offline

Registered: 06/22/04
Posts: 855
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Well, in the East, the Magi are commemorated as part of the Christmas celebration, our Lord's Baptism at Theophany; the wedding feast of Cana does not have the same level of explicit celebration. All three are manifestations of our Lord: to the Gentiles (Epiphany); as Son of God (his Baptism); his first miracle (the wedding at Cana).

All three were explicitly combined by the Western Church into the feast of Epiphany on January 6, though a later calendar reform added the feast of the Baptism of the Lord (the following Sunday, I think?).

"Three wonders mark this day we celebrate: today the star led the Magi to the manger; today water was changed into wine at the marriage feast; today Christ desired to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation, alleluia" (Magnificat antiphon at Second Vespers, Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Rite).


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