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Sermon January 3, 2010

When I sat down to begin work on today’s sermon, I thought that this was one time I did not have to search for something to talk about. In fact, you could say that I had almost too much to choose from. Today, in our church, is recognized as Epiphany Sunday, which is actually the Sunday before the feast of the Epiphany. The feast of the Epiphany is actually on January 6th, which, like Christmas, is not a movable feast. As you probably know, in Eastern Orthodox Churches, this is the day on which Jesus’ birth is observed, gifts are exchanged, and children are told that the Magi, rather than Santa Claus, are the ones who bring gifts magically in the night. But January 6th is recognized in other cultures as well as being a special day. In Spain, Cuba, and some Latin American countries, this it is known as King’s Day, and, as in the Eastern tradition, the Three Kings are the bearers of gifts. We all know the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, and, traditionally, January 6th was the 12th day, coming 12 days after December 25th. Each of the twelve days was marked by some special festivity, religious in early days, but more secular later. Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night takes place on the twelfth night of Christmas – January 6th. In my childhood, January 6th was known as Old Christmas Day, and it was considered bad luck to undecorate the house before that date. As if all this information were not enough to lead to a long sermon, today is also close enough to the start of the New Year that I could speak about resolutions made and broken, or I could use this as a time to look back on 2009 and ahead to the new year, and the new decade, and to speculate on what may happen in the future. Continue reading ‘Sermon January 3, 2010’

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