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From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
Happy Epiphany! In the United States and most other countries, the celebration of Epiphany has been transferred to this Sunday, but there are good reasons to continue to celebrate it on your own on January 6, and I’ll discuss some of those tonight at 7 P.M. EST on Catholic Answers Live. I hope you’ll tune in and even call in–I can’t wait to talk to you!

Epiphany
The Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal,” and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man. Read more…
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The Baptism of the Lord
One of the many events in the life of Christ that was originally celebrated on Epiphany is the Baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan by Saint John the Baptist. Today, we celebrate it on the Sunday after Epiphany (or, where Epiphany is celebrated on Sunday, on the Monday after). But why was Christ baptized at all? After all, He did not suffer from original sin. The answer has to do with the origins of the Sacrament of Baptism. Read more…
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Giving Gifts and the Twelve Days of Christmas
In England and her historical colonies, the custom has long been to give gifts on Christmas, while in Northern and Eastern Europe, gifts were historically more frequently given on the feast of Saint Nicholas. But in Italy and other Mediterranean countries, Christians continue the older tradition of exchanging gifts on Epiphany–the day on which the Wise Men brought their gifts to the Christ Child. It’s a custom that my family has revived, in order to celebrate all Twelve Days of Christmas. Read more…
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Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer Intentions for January 2012

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for January 2012 remind us that the lessons of the Christmas season must extend throughout the year and recall the Church’s dedication of the month of January to the Holy Name of Jesus.
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