Epiphany holiday celebrated on Jan. 6

caines | 1/3/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Mostly observed by Orthodox, Catholic and Episcopal Christians

Epiphany means revealing and showing forth something that was previously hidden. In fact, revelation is exactly what the Epiphany holiday is all about. Each year 12 days after Christmas, on Jan. 6th, many churches throughout South Florida and all around the world celebrate the Epiphany. It is mainly observed by Orthodox, Catholic and Episcopal Christians. They acknowledge that through Jesus' birth, many mysteries about God were revealed. St. Agness Episcopal Church is one local church that focuses on this important day on the Christian calendar. "In Jesus Christ, God revealed himself in the flesh," Father Barry of St. Agnes Episcopal Church, said. "He made known to us what was not known before." Through Christ's existence, Christians learned that God was accepting, giving, tolerant and loving, according to Barry. During the Epiphany celebration, there is also an emphasis on the coming of the three wise men who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. "With the coming of the three kings, Jesus had shown to be not only the Savior for the Jews but the Savior for the Gentiles as well," Barry said. St. Agnes celebrates the holiday with a candlelight service. It symbolizes that Christians are to be the light of Christ in the world (Matt. 5: 17), says Barry. "Epiphany is the manifestation and the showing forth of God's unchanging nature in the mix of a very puzzling and uncertain world," he said. "That's the good news. Even though our circumstances are unsure God is sure." By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com