Friday, January 05, 2007

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 12

Epiphany, Cristobal de Villalpando (1645-1714 - Mexico)

No drummers drumming, birds of any kind, or any dancing or leaping revellers...and the only gold comes not in rings, but from the Magi. It's the Twelfth Day of Christmas!

"Then entered in those Wise Men three, full reverently upon the knee,
And offered there, in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense."


P.S. (an after-thought) said...

I've always assumed that Ephiphany, Jan. 6, was also the 12th day of Christmas. Or maybe it is the 12th day after Christmas. In any case, I always have identified with the idea of the Light of Christ now being available to the whole world.

Psalmist said...

Well, I could be all wet about this, but I'm pretty sure that December 25th, Christmas, is the first day of Christmas. Epiphany is a holy day that begins a season of its own; it's not the final day of Christmas. Your second way of reckoning it is, I believe, the correct one (Epiphany is 12 days after Christmas). I was jumping the gun a bit in terms of the image, and therefore the mention of the Magi's gold.

Anyway, I have a couple of really neat images to post in the morning in honor of the Day of Epiphany. And I totally agree with you about the Light shining for all the world to see.

Thanks for stopping by. I pray you have a blessed new year, P.S.