The Epiphany of the Lord
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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