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The 2019 Guide to All Things Epiphany



The Epiphany falls ON Sunday this year, and if you are a Novus Ordo Mass goer, you know that this feast day typically is celebrated on the Sunday closest to the 6th, while Latin Mass goers celebrate the Epiphany on the actual date. For some, it marks the end of the Christmas season, but for many the end of Christmas extends to February 2 – Candlemas, also referred to as The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ or The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because the Epiphany lands on Sunday this year, Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form Mass goers will celebrate on the same day. 

So, what’s with the chalk over the door and why does it confuzzle some when you show up with your giant Crayola box of chalk and ask your priest to bless it? Well, let’s break it down into some great resources we’ve gathered for you to continue your quest for knowledge and building up your domestic Church.

The History Behind the Feast of the Epiphany

How to Celebrate the Rites and Blessings of Epiphany

The Three Kings and the Original Gifts of Christmas Tradition

Epiphany blessings from the Roman Ritual

Epiphany crafts from Catholic Icing

Family activities for the month of January


Do you have a link you’d like us to add? Please share in the comments below.

By Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to eight kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-12/19. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.