8:00am Low Mass
9:00am Mass with Hymns
11:00am Solemn High Mass
Monday thru Friday: 7:30am
Saturday: Rosary 9:30am
Saturday: Healing Mass 10:00am
Worship in January
We Three Kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar. . . .
Who were these gift-bearing kings, these Wise Men of the East? What has their mission meant to Christians across the ages?
The Wise Men—not yet called kings—make only a single appearance in Holy Scripture. St. Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 2:1-12) tells of their arrival in Jerusalem shortly after the birth of Jesus. They have come seeking the newborn King of the Jews because they had seen his star rise in the East. Herod, the current ruler, knows nothing of an upstart princeling but learns that prophecies place him in Bethlehem. Herod directs the Wise Men to search there for the Child and keep him informed. Following their star, the Wise Men find Jesus with his Mother. They worship him and bestow gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Warned by an angel, they do not reveal the Child’s location to jealous Herod but return secretly to their own land.
In ancient texts of Scripture the Wise Men are Magoi in Greek and Magi in Latin. The singular form, Magos/Magus, is the source of our English word “magician” but had multiple meanings in Biblical times. A magus could be a Zoroastrian priest from Persia, an occultist, a magician, or a charlatan. Because the New Testament Magi study the stars, their mystic wisdom presumably includes astrology. Hence some recent Bible translations call them “astrologers,” a less evocative term than the more traditional “Wise Men.”
The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, in the BCP. The Baptism of our Lord is celebrated on the First Sunday after the Epiphany. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Feast of the Epiphany is transferred to the nearest Sunday. We don’t do that in the Episcopal Church, because the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany is the Baptism of our Lord. We keep Epiphany on its day. This year, the Saturday 10:00 am Mass will be that of the Feast of the Epiphany.
At Atonement, we’ll also celebrate baptisms on the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany, the Baptism of our Lord, on January 7.