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P. B. Shelley

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Epiphany and Twelfth Night

January 6th is Epiphany and Twelfth Night, the end of the 12 Days of Christmas. The Magi bring their gifts to the Holy Family and decide to go home. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus leave Bethlehem for Egypt to escape the slaughter of the innocents under King Herod. Terrified of the prophecy of the coming Messiah/King he has all newborn boy babies slaughtered in his kingdom to remove the threat, certain the coming King has been born. The Magi gifts include gold and myrrh which was even more valuable than gold. Myrrh was used for embalming and foreshadows the prophecy of crucifixtion of the King of Kings. The Holy Family leaves provided for by God to return to the land of slavery and exodus...Egypt.

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