Epiphany today is celebrated as the feast of the Magi or the Three Kings who visited Jesus and announced his birth. There are many ways to celebrate the Epiphany and the Christmas season. The article below has some ideas for celebrating the Epiphany in your home.
Each day of the week between Christmas and New Years (the feast day of Mary, Mother of God), has a feast day, Dec 25- Nativity of our Lord Dec 26- Saint Stephen : was stoned to death for speaking the truth about Christ and became the first martyr and saint Dec 27- Saint John the Evangelist : only apostle present at Calvary Dec 28- The Holy Innocents : babies under the age of two were slaughtered out of fear that one of them would be the newborn rival king, AND in our time, abortion continues to murder the innocents Dec 29- Saint Thomas Becket: was murdered because he defended the Church from domination by King Henry II Dec 30- The Holy Family Dec 31- Pope Saint Sylvester I: was selected as pope immediately after Constantine ended the persecution of Christians (first era of peace on earth) AND approved the Nicene Creed Jan 1- Mary, Mother of God: a holy day of obligation on which we honor the role of Mary in the salvation history of mankind
Christmas Resources from the Diocese of Des Moines
In our culture we start seeing and hearing everything Christmas right after Halloween, so that by December 26 we are so done with it and ready to pack it away. But in our Catholic faith, Advent is a time of preparation and the celebration begins on Christmas Day! Find resources from the Diocese to help celebrate the entire season!
The Christmas season begins with the birth of Christ on Christmas Day and is celebrated in the Church until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, on January 9 this year. What ways can your family celebrate Christmas all season long?
Any liturgy with children can be hard. Add in fancy clothes, extra relatives, traveling and soooo many songs and Christmas Mass can be hard. Here are some tips for Christmas Mass with children and how to make the most of it.