The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

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The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles,  to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me Ephihany also triggers a longing for more of His presence.

On Ephiphany, we ask God to  not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes with His light as well. So, we mark above each doorway with the wise men’s initials plus a sign of the cross and year: 20+C+B+M+16  because tradition tells us the wise men who came to honor Jesus called Gaspar (or Caspar), Melchior, and Balthasar. This tradition dates to the 6th century. The names mean: Master-of-Treasure, King, and Protect-the-King.

St. Bede the Venerable on the Magi:

The first was called Melchior. He was an old man, with white hair and a long beard; he offered gold to the Lord as to his King. The second, Gaspar by name, young…

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