Epiphany, which comes from the Greek word epiphanies, means “an appearance” or “ a revealing”.  Centuries ago, the church set aside January 6, the 12th day after Christmas, to make the revealing of Jesus as Christ to the wise men, who were Gentiles.  Jesus’ first followers were Jewish, so the revelation of the divine Christ to the now-Jewish magi reminds us that Jesus came to earth to save the whole world.

Symbols of Epiphany include light, a star, a crown (or three crowns), and a globe or stylized portrayal of the world.  The color of Epiphany is green to symbolize life, growth, hope and eternity.

On the church calendar, the Epiphany season lasts until Ash Wednesday, which is determined by the date of Easter.