While it was not from the three Wise Men, and while we are not the Holy Family, we got a surprise gift like they did for today- from our grocery store, no less. "In appreciation of your loyalty"... with a nice pro-Family New Year's message. That's a good thing these days, and not common.
|It isn't Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, but it is useful nonetheless.|
This evening, as many of the family as could gathered for our observance of the Feast of Epiphany.
First we enjoyed a dinner together with good conversation. Then we lit all the lights and candles, including the tree, for one last time this season.
We used our traditional Epiphany Day service (copy available for anyone that would like one), with the focus on Christ's call of grace to the Gentiles and His threefold office as our Prophet, Priest, and King. We use the song "We Three Kings" and the catechism readings for that latter part.
|The Kings Bread with crown (for the recipient of the King in his roll) and Gifts - note the "gold," which (chocolate) gets eaten after the service. The incenses are essential oils on some carrier material, wax or cotton.|
Then it is time for King's Bread - which are actually yeast rolls.
|Traditional package design|
We had more rolls than people this year, so the first round did not produce a king, not the second. But eventually Thomas got the King in his roll and was duly crowned. I remember his second Epiphany, when he could actually eat food, he got the king, and we got pictures of Florian holding him with his crown. Sweet little guys - still sweet today, but not little.
|See - he is a Christian King.|