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The Royal Wedding

“Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.”

“Today the Bridegroom claims his bride, the Church, since Christ has washed her sins away in Jordan’s waters; the Magi hasten with their gifts to the royal wedding; and the wedding guests rejoice, for Christ has changed water into wine, alleluia.”

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Mass for Epiphany, in Stephansdom in Vienna, 2015.

Children dressed as the Three Kings, carrying the star, at the Mass shown above.

“We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.”

Saint Irenaeus, in his “Against Heresies,” says  “…Matthew says that the Magi, coming from the east, exclaimed For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him; and that, having been led by the star into the house of Jacob to Emmanuel, they showed, by these gifts which they offered, who it was that was worshipped; myrrh, because it was He who should die and be buried for the mortal human race; gold, because He was a King, of whose kingdom is no end; and frankincense, because He was God, who also was made known in Judea, and was declared to those who sought Him not.”

Notes on the Vigil of Epiphany: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/01/liturgical-notes-for-vigil-of-epiphany.html . You may especially enjoy the quotation from Dom Guéranger.

Below are more pictures of the reliquary of the Three Kings, in Cologne, Germany.
         

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Epiphany, when the mystery of the Incarnation was made manifest to the kings!

A manger scene, or crèche, or presepio/praesepio, or, in German, krippe, can be found in most churches at Christmastime. I found that the city of Cologne has a pilgrimage where you follow the “stars” to visit the cribs, not only in churches but in some shop windows.

 

Sternsingers, "star singers," carrying the star, in Vienna.

Sternsingers, “star singers,” carrying the star, in Vienna.

Enjoy these cribs, from Bingen, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Vienna.



      

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