January 5th, 2020 – The Epiphany of the Lord

January 5th, 2020

The Epiphany of the Lord

 

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,

they departed for their country by another way.”

 

This week’s Marian images are connected with the feast of the Epiphany, which we celebrate this Sunday.

This first image is called Adoration of the Magi, and was painting around 1655-60 by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

This is a very beautiful image showing the devotion of the three Wise Men, or Magi, who have searched for the Christ Child and come to do him homage.  Mary gently presents the child to them.  There are two children on the left side of the picture, one looks lovingly on the baby Jesus, while the other child looks at the viewer as if asking the us if we too have come to adore the Christ Child.

The second image is a mosaic (composed of small pieces of colored stone) depicting The Wedding Feast at Cana.  While we primarily think of the feast of the Epiphany connected with the Three Kings, it is also connected with the Wedding Feast at Cana.  The word Epiphany means the manifestation of Christ to the world, and that happens both in the visitation of the three Gentile kings (the Magi), and also when Jesus performs his first miracle at Cana, thus revealing his glory his power and glory to the world.

 

You are in my daily prayers.

God bless you,

Fr. VanDenBroeke

 

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