Sunday, January 6, 2008
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Today by happy circumstance Epiphany Sunday and the feast of the Three Kings (Magi), Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar, share the 6th of January. Traditionally, since the Magi came to see the Christ manifested and help announce him to the world, today the announcement of the date of Easter and the other movable holidays were proclaimed. Easter comes early this year, on the 23rd of March. Western Lent is the 6th of February, meaning the last possible date to be within the Christmas season is February 5th. The colors of gold, purple and green of the gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh, are the colors for Mardi Gras.
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.
The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts:
And all kings of the earth shall adore him: all nations shall serve him.
For he shall deliver the poor from the mighty: and the needy that had no helper.
He shall spare the poor and needy: and he shall save the souls of the poor.
He shall redeem their souls from usuries and iniquity: and their names shall be honourable in his sight.
And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Arabia, for him they shall always adore: they shall bless him all the day.
And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.