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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

The ELCA celebrates the day of Epiphany on 6 January, the revelation of Christ to all nations as represented by the Magi who came to worship Jesus.  The word “epiphany” derives from a Greek word for “manifestation” or “appearance”, and consequently Epiphany refers to the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus. The church calendar recognizes the season of Epiphany from January 6 until the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated as the Transfiguration of our Lord.  Among the principal themes are:  the revelation of Christ to all nations, Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan, and Christ as the Light of the World.  The colors of the season are white and green. White (a color associated with the festivals of Christ and suggesting gladness, joy and light for the day of Epiphany) is used the first week after the Epiphany when the Baptism of our Lord is celebrated, as well as the last week of the season of Epiphany when the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated. Green, reminiscent of living plants and suggestive of spiritual growth, is used in the season of Epiphany beginning with the second week after the Epiphany until the week before the Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated. What a joyous season.

Later Event: January 20
Service with Communion