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What are the Sundays after the Epiphany?
- The Sundays that follow Advent-Christmas festival cycle and take us to the beginning of the Lent-Easter cycle.
When is this season?
- The Sundays after Epiphany follow the celebration of the Epiphany on January 6th (the end of the Christmas season) and goes until Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent).
- The season varies in length from four to nine Sundays depending on the date of Easter (which determines the beginning of Lent).
What happens in the season?
- The season is part of what is called “ordinary time” (because these Sundays are numbered).
- The color for the season is green.
- These days reflect the epiphany theme of Christ being revealed.
- Green suggests the daily growth of the life of faith.
Special days in this season
- The season begins and ends with a festival day.
- (Because these are feast days of our Lord, their color is white)
- The Baptism of our Lord
- (The first Sunday after Epiphany)
- Jesus is baptized by John the Baptizer in the Jordan River and begins his public ministry.
- The Spirit comes upon Jesus, like a dove fluttering down from the sky.
- A voice from heaven (God) declares, “This is my beloved Son.”
- The Transfiguration of our Lord
- (The final Sunday after Epiphany)
- Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain.
- Like Moses and Elijah, encounters with God happen on a high mountain.
- His appearance is transformed by the radiant presence of God.
- Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus.
- Moses represents the Law and Elijah the prophetic writings that bear witness to Jesus.
- A cloud overshadows them
- As with Moses on Mount Sinai, the cloud represents God’s presence.
- The voice from heaven again declares, “This is my beloved Son.”
- The voice tells the disciples to listen to Jesus (and with these words we are sent into Lent, towards Jerusalem and the cross and resurrection).