So What is Epiphany Anyway?
The feast of Epiphany is January 6th. The word "epiphany" means "revealing" or "showing forth". On the feast of Epiphany we celebrate the showing forth of Jesus to the Gentiles, specifically to the wise men of Matthew's Gospel who are the first to know of his divinity. Epiphany thus proclaims Jesus as Savior of the whole world. God's salvation applies to all the peoples of the earth! The people of Emmanuel usually celebrate Epiphany by visiting our sister parish, the Church of the Epiphany in East L.A. There we celebrate Eucharist and then have a wonderful tamale feast together.
From January 6th to Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent) we celebrate the season of Epiphany. The scripture lessons focus on events in which Jesus' divinity is revealed to Philip and Nathanael, Simon and Andrew, the people of Capernaum, and Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration. The color of the vestments and the altar are white from the feast of Epiphany until after the first Sunday of Epiphany at which time they are changed to green.