The Solemnity of Epiphany

On the twelfth day of Christmastide, January 6th, the church celebrates the ancient Solemnity of Epiphany, although in the United States the Solemnity is transferred to the weekend. We commemorate the visit of the kings to Jesus thus this is a moment of revelation to the Gentiles.

Over the next three days I will share pictures I took two years ago of the Cologne cathedral which houses the relics of the kings, as well as hymns that are associated with this solemnity.

Arise, Jerusalem, and look to the East
and see your children gathered from the rising to the setting of the sun.

The reliquary of the three kings, in the Cologne Cathedral.

The reliquary of the three kings, in the Cologne Cathedral.

May the splendor of your majesty, O Lord, we pray,
shed its light upon our hearts,
that we may pass through the shadows of this world
and reach the brightness of our eternal home.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

From the Facebook page of Musei Italiani. This fresco is from the Oratory of San Pellegrino in Bominaco, Italy.

From the Facebook page of Musei Italiani. This fresco is from the Oratory of San Pellegrino in Abruzzo, Italy.