On January 6th the gift of the Magi, traditionally called the Three Kings is observed. Because these kings or wise men were gentiles who came from afar, Epiphany focuses on the light of Christ that is given to all peoples, Jew and Gentile alike. Being the bridge between the next season and Christmas, Epiphany is both the final celebration of Christmas and the preview of the Season after Epiphany.
The Season after Epiphany
The weeks following the Epiphany Day and before Lent are the Season after Epiphany. This season is the season of light. It is the time when we recall the Gospel story of Christ as the Light of the World to all peoples. It is a time in which we focus on the Transfiguration and glory of Christ, the mission of the Church to reach all the peoples of the earth, and the great gift of God’s grace in revealing healing truth and light to the world.
The Season after Epiphany and Pentecost are called Ordinary Time. The word ‘ordinary’ seems odd, because we wonder why any Christian season could be ordinary. It may suggest to us that this season is unimportant or lesser, or that it is a liturgical free time. But the word ordinary points instead to the reality that all time is God’s time. If the calendar did not include ordinary time in reality no season or feast day would be special. But by the inclusion of ordinary time, the Church Year reminds us that even the everyday, mundane portions of our time are sanctified. Christ has claim to all of it. So we think of ordinary time as a good time to go about our daily lives in the name of Our Lord, to drink in the light of his Word and teaching, and to be about the business of the King.
Greg is the founder of Anglican Compass (previously known as Anglican Pastor). He is an Anglican Priest of the Anglican Church in North America. He served in a non-denominational church before being called into the Anglican church in 2003. He has served as an Associate Pastor, Parish Administrator, and Rector. He currently serves as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Anglican Diocese of the South.