18:33 / 06.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany

Foto: Regionalni dnevnik / HRT

Mass was held in the Šibenik Cathedral today celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, popularly known as the Feast of the Holy Three Kings. In the past, it was first celebrated by Eastern Christians and the holiday is older than Christmas itself.

The Feast of the Epiphany is among the oldest in the Catholic calendar and for the faithful one of the most important.

“The symbolism and significance of this holiday is great. The Holy three kings, great people came to worship the baby Jesus,” says Nataša from Šibenik.

“On the feast of the Epiphany, the Holy Three Kings - Melchior, Gaspar, Balthazar; incense is lit early in the morning, a better lunch is cooked and prayers are said to God,” says Sandra from Šibenik.

According to the Gospel, following the signs of heaven, the wise men worshiped Jesus.

Carrying gold, incense and myrrh, they represent three then known continents and three races and send a message.

“That God comes to all people. And that all people are equal before God no matter what race, what culture, language, from which religious system. To all of them, God comes and offers salvation,” emphasizes Msgr. Marinko Mlakić, the Vicar General of the Šibenik Diocese.

At the heart of this feast is God's revelation to man on earth.

“It was first celebrated in the East, by Eastern Christians, and we in the West began to celebrate Christmas earlier. There is a saying that the East gave the Epiphany to the West, and we gave Christmas to the Easterners,” says Don Tomislav Puljić, the pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Holy Mass in the Cathedral of St. James was led by the Šibenik Bishop. In his sermon he spoke of the universality of salvation.

“Every man is called by God and wants to turn to him, wants to reveal himself to him. God is waiting for man's answer, whether man in his freedom of choice will follow the signs of heaven that God sends him,” emphasizes Msgr. Tomislav Rogić, the Bishop of Šibenik.

On the feast of the Epiphany, the custom of blessing water developed, and with some, the removal of Christmas decorations - which, according to church tradition, does not fall on this day.

Source: HRT

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