Sunday, January 07, 2007

Epiphany at Epiphany

The church that I grew up in, Epiphany of Our Lord, in Plymouth Meeting, PA began the celebration of its 50th Jubilee with a mass yesterday presided over by Justin Cardinal Regali of Philaldelphia. It was concelebrated by many priests, some of whom had been members of the parish and then became priests. It was a homecoming of sorts.

The church has been updated in anticipation of the jubilee, but they did retain the stained glass window in the back. The window is in that blocky modernist style with which many Catholics from the 70's will be familiar. With the Star above, three Kings pay homage to Jesus and Mary in the center of the window. If you look closely you can find some sheep and Joseph too.

Epiphany is the feast when the three (or maybe twelve, see Baudolino) Wise Men, Kings or Magi follow the star to find Jesus in the manger. Some trivia - the three kings are Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, and their gifts are - gold, frankincense and myrrh. There is a lot of good music, such as, We Three Kings, that comes from this feats. It is the end of the 12 days of Christmas. But for Catholics, Christmas isn't over yet until Feb 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

I would have had many more and better pictures of the action if those pesky Knights of Columbus didn't keep getting in the way with their plumes and swords.

The head honcho of this crew got to where a purple (or maybe fuchsia) plume.

We did get to meet and have a pictures taken with His Eminence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

we three kings of orient are,
one in a taxi, one in a car,
one on a scooter, blowing his hooter, smoking a big cigar