We are presently in the Octave of the Epiphany, also known as The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. This feast is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning to “reveal,” and all of the various events celebrated by the feast are revelations of Christ to man.
Epiphany originally celebrated four different events: The Baptism of the Lord; The Wedding Feast at Cana; The Nativity of the Lord; and the Visitation of the Magi or Wise Men. Eventually, the celebration of the Nativity would become a separate feast, and shortly thereafter, Western Christians adopted the Eastern Church tradition, still celebrating the Baptism, First Miracle, and Visit of the Magi. Thus, Epiphany came to mark the end of Christmastide-the Twelve Days of Christmas, which began with the revelation of Christ to Israel at His Birth and ended with the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles at Epiphany.