EPIPHANY – Christmas begins on Christmas Day 25th December and the feast continues for twelve days until Epiphany on 6th January. Because Epiphany falls on a Friday in 2017 the church has moved its celebration to Sunday 1st January; it’s not until Epiphany that our nativity scene is joined by the figures of the wise men. The Gospel of Matthew’s account of the visit of The Magi speaks simply of ‘wise men from the east’; later the number has become fixed at three probably because of the three gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh. These wise men have also been named – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.
In Western churches, the Epiphany (manifestation) became an occasion to celebrate the visit of the wise men that travelled from the East, following a star to visit Jesus. The importance of their visit is that the Messiah was manifest to the Gentiles. The longed for saviour is not a saviour for the people of Israel alone but for the entire world.
Studying the Bible with others is a great way to develop our faith and our fellowship. In 2017 Bible Study groups will be continuing across the parish –
- The Yarram Group ‘Coffee Connect’ led by Linda Bowden
- The Won Wron Group led by Elaine Wright
- The Port Albert Group to be led by Rev Jo
Crossley House Holy Communion resumes Monday 11.00am, 23rd January
St Elmo's House Holy Communion resumes Monday 11.15am, 30th January
Midweek Holy Communion will resume Wednesday 10.30am, 1st February