The Epiphany season started on January 6th and continues all the way to March 3. (Lent and Easter are later this year.) This gives us more readings from Luke’s Gospel – including Jesus being rejected in his home town, his call to go and fish for people, and what is known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, and some hard hitting sayings that are similar to their longer form in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. In Epiphany (the word means ‘revealing’) light is shone on Jesus to reveal more about him, and light shines from him into our lives, and our church, and the world.
With a lot of Greeks living in Adelaide, there was often a focus on how the Greeks celebrated Epiphany on January 6th. For Greek Orthodox, the day is a huge celebration. It includes remembering Jesus’ baptism, and therefore the worship includes the blessing of the waters, firstly in the baptismal font, and then may include a procession to the nearest large body of water.
If someone were to ask you that question, what would you say? I could say – that’s January 6th each year; I could also say – that’s the Sunday closest to January 6th. I could also say – that’s a season of the church year, its length depending on how early or late Easter is that year. (In 2014 we will have a longer Epiphany season – all through January and February.)