Monday, January 1, 2024

Celebrating Epiphany

Epiphany, traditionally on the January 6th (the twelfth day of Christmas) is observed on January 8th this year.

At Mass on Epiphany we hear the story of the visit of the Magi. These Wise Men traveled far to worship Jesus and brought Him three gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gold was for Jesus because He is the King of kings, the frankincense was because He is the great High Priest, and the myrrh was for the sacrifice He would make on the Cross.

The gifts of the Wise Men are one of the reasons that it is a tradition for family and friends to exchange gifts during the Christmas season. In some cultures, gifts are exchanged on Epiphany instead of Christmas Day.

It also is customary to bless your home on Epiphany, remembering the way that the Holy Family opened their dwelling place to these visitors. You can read the story of the Magi in Matthew 2:1–12.

Click here for the Celebrating Epiphany coloring page:

You may also like these Epiphany Activities:

Epiphany Home Blessing Kit* (updated through 2026)
My Gift: An Epiphany Readers' Theater*
Gifts of the Magi Google Classroom Assignment

You can read more about the connection between Epiphany and Christmas in All about Advent & Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Hope & Wonder with Children. These coloring pages were made in cooperation with Shari Van Vranken of Catholic Paper Goods using artwork from our new book!

You can find it at The St. Paul Center here or on Amazon here

And you can find all of the free resources linked in this post:

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