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The Epiphany of the Lord

January 5, 2020

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The Visit of the Magi

MT 2:1–12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.


meet our extended family

St. André Bessette (Feast Day January 6)

AUGUST 9, 1845 – JANUARY 6, 1937

Brother André was born in Canada near Montreal. He had a life-long devotion to St. Joseph. As a young adult, he enteredthe Congregation of Holy Cross. Much like our own Father Solanus Casey, he was given the humble job of doorkeeper at Notre Dame College in Montreal and had an incredible gift of healing. When an epidemic broke out at a nearby college, André volunteered to nurse; not one person died. The trickle of sick people to his door became a flood. He died at the age of 92 and is buried in the basilica he helped to build. He was canonized a saint in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.


Take time to chat

  • Why did the Magi pay homage to the baby Jesus?
  • What kind of gifts did they bring to him? What do these gifts symbolize?
  • What gift would you give to the baby Jesus?


Recipe of the week

French Epiphany King Cake (Galette des Rois)

La galette des rois is a traditional pie the French like to prepare to celebrate the Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, when the wise men visited the baby Jesus. According to this Christian tradition, the galette des rois was to“draw the kings” to the Epiphany. Made with puff pastry with a lucky charm(la fève) hidden inside, la galette is traditionally filled with frangipane, a sweet cream made of almond, eggs, butter, and sugar. Whoever gets and eats the slice with the fève inside is crowned king or queen for the day.

Almond Cream Filling:
½ cup almond (meal/ground)
¼ cup sugar (granulated)
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter (softened)
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour (all-purpose)

17 ounces puff pastry (thawed)
1 batch almond cream filling
1 egg (beaten)
Optional: plastic baby Jesus
2 tablespoons sugar(confectioners')


* If nut allergies are a problem, use an apple pie filling as a substitute for almond cream.

How to Make Almond Cream Filling: Using a food processor, combine the first six ingredients to form a smooth, creamy paste.How to Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 425 F. Roll out the sheets of puff pastry and cut out two 11-inch circles. Place one of the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon the filling on the puff pastry and spread it to within 1 ½ inches of the edge of the circle. If desired, hide the toy in the filling. Place the second pastry circle on top of the filling, crimping or pressing the edges of the pastry to seal the cake. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake it for 15 minutes. Dust the cake with the powdered sugar and bake it for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, until it turns golden brown. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes on the baking sheet. If desired, top the cake before serving with a round of gold paper to be used as the"crown." Cut the cake into even slices, and crown the one who finds the baby Jesus as the "king" or "queen" with the gold paper round atop the cake. (Be sure to supervise children to ensure that no one tries to consume the baby Jesus.)



Family Fun

Chalk the Door!

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice used to celebrate Epiphany throughout the world. Take chalk of any color and write the following above the entrance of your home:20 + C + M + B + 20. The letters represent the initials of the Magi— Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate theLatin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The plus signs represent the cross, and the “20”at the beginning and the “20” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that he stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.


Other Ideas

  • Using a free star-gazing app, take your family outside and observe the night sky. Make some hot cocoa to keep everyone warm!
  • Watch the “Star of Bethlehem” documentary as a family


Family Prayer

Lord Jesus,Today we celebrate your kingship over all the nations. Just as the Three Wise Men gave gifts to you that day, we present our family as a gift to you. Bless our home and help our family to be a light to our friends and family so that through us, they can meet you. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Go to the manger display at your church and see if you can find the wise men that were mentioned in this week’s Gospel.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“By the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, the eternal Word has taken on flesh: the invisible God is now able to be seen with our eyes, heard with our ears, even touched with our hands (cf. 1 Jn 1:1).”(Guidepost 3)

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Fun Facts!

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The word “Epiphany”means manifestation. The feast of the Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and king of the nations. It celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East who represent neighboring pagan nations who welcome the good news of salvation through the birth of Jesus.