The Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany is the day we recall the visit of the three Kings, or Magi, to the infant Jesus. Tradition gives them names and identifies particular gifts that they offered:

  • The first King was Melchior, which means “King of Light”. His gift was gold, a symbol of royalty to acknowledge Jesus as kingly.
  • Caspar was the second King. His name means “White One” and his offering was of frankincense, a recognition of Jesus’ divinity.
  • And the final King was Balthazar, which means “Lord of Treasures”. He brought myrrh for Jesus as a token of the suffering and sorrow that the child would later undergo.
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