The twelve days of Christmas do not wind down but reach their climax with the Feast of the Epiphany.
It marks the revealing of God’s presence among us to the whole of humanity represented by the Wise Men.
This beginning will unfold, once the child Jesus has matured in his human nature, with his baptism at the hands of John and then his public ministry.
It might surprise you to know that before the reforms to the liturgical calendar in 1969 Epiphany had a higher ‘ranking’ than Christmas.
In Italy it is the day children traditionally receive their gifts.
The carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ also culminates on this day with an avalanche of presents!
Although because of the COVID-19 Pandemic the Bishops have suspended the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days Mass will be celebrated at the usual Holy Day times:
- Kelvedon 10.00 a.m.
- Coggeshall 6.00 p.m.
- Tiptree 7.30 p.m.