The appearance of CHrist, THE LIght of the world.
Those who observe Christmas as a standalone event may find it difficult to get past the sentimentality of seeing a cute, mild-natured baby in the manger. But the incarnation involves much more than the drama of Christmas itself; it brings a vision of God’s glory to the nations of the world. Our word epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning “manifestation or appearance,” and in church history this word has become closely associated with the revelation of Christ in connection with the visit of the Magi.
Epiphany has been observed throughout much of the Western church as occurring on January 6, but because most churches do not mark Epiphany with a midweek service, the celebration of this special day is often associated with the nearest Sunday. In the traditional celebration of the Christian year, the Sundays after Epiphany do not constitute a special season in the same way as do Advent and Lent. However, some do celebrate this period as “Epiphany season,” focusing on the teaching and healing ministry of Christ.
However one worships during Epiphany, it can be a time to focus on Jesus’ ministry so that, from Christmas onward, worshipers grow in awareness of the significance of Jesus’ entire life.
From The Worship Sourcebook
Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies
O Christ Our True And Only Light
from The Book of Common Prayer
by the leading of a star You manifested Your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
Lead us, who know You now by faith, to Your presence,
where we may see Your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.