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Christmas

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Twelve days after Christmas – on 6th January – comes the feast of the Epiphany (still in white or gold colour), when we think of the Wise Men who visited the Infant Christ with their strange gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Part of its meaning is that Jesus Christ came for everyone, not just for a few.

Christmas ends, not on 6th January (the Feast of the Epiphany) but on 2nd February, the Feast of Candlemas or the Presentation of Christ. At this festival we think of Jesus, when he was 40 days old, being presented to God in the Temple in Jerusalem and of his being acclaimed there as the ‘light of the nations’. In some churches processions with lighted candles are held on this day to celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World.

Christmas is the second most important Christian Season - the most important one of all being Easter.

 


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