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Epiphany is still relevant today

The observance of Epiphany falls on January 6 in the Western hemisphere and commemorates the story of the Three Wise Men, or Three Kings, known as the 'Magi', and invariably named as Caspar, Melchoir and Balthasar.

Often we will see nativity scenes depicting the wise men at the manger, and this is common on Christmas cards and in children's nativity plays, but the wise men were not at the birth of Christ.

Epiphany is only tied down to the date of January 6 by man-made tradition, which is linked to the observance of December 25. The one thing that does continue after these momentous happenings over 2,000 years ago is that wise men still seek Him.

COLIN NEVIN

Bangor

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