What is Epiphany?
The Feast of the Epiphany, which always falls on 6 January,
marks the beginning of a season which recognises Jesus to be the Son of
The word ‘epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’ or ‘appearance’, and the Feast of the Epiphany marks the recognition of the newborn Jesus by the world. Later, the Church remembers the Baptism of Christ by John, when a voice from heaven declares Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. Finally, on 2 February, the season of Epiphany ends with the Feast of the Presentation. Jesus is brought to the Temple by his parents according to the law of Israel. There, he is recognised by Simeon, who declares him to be ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of God’s people Israel.’