They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2: 9-11
Yay Epiphany! Epiphany is Greek for to suddenly appear. This is the day that commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. It is a very important day because it commemorates the revelation of Jesus to the non-Jewish people. Telling us that Jesus came for us all!
The season of Carnevale starts with Epiphany. Carnevale, also known as Carnival, is not a spiritual season, one that is out of time and space, but a season within ordinary time, meaning within physical realm time and space. It is a time of saying goodbye to the flesh (Carne meaning flesh and Vale meaning farewell). It is a long, wonderful funeral wake for ourselves that ends on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. See the post on Carnevale.
O God, Who on this day through the guidance of a star didst manifest Thine Only-Begotten Son to the Gentiles; we thank you for this revelation of the Magi so that we know that we included in the redemption for which Jesus came to Earth. Amen.
Peace be with you,