Epiphany (holiday) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Adoration of the Magi, Gentile Da Fabriano, 1423

“Prior to the reform of 1955, when Pope Pius XII abolished all but three octaves, the Roman Catholic Church (and prior to 1976, the Anglican churches) celebrated Epiphany as an eight-day feast beginning on 6 January and ending on 13 January, the Octave of Epiphany. They celebrate the feast of the Holy Family on the Sunday within the octave, and the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus on the Sunday between 2 January and 5 January or, if there is no such Sunday, on 2 January; and they reckon Christmastide as the twelve days ending on 5 January, followed by Epiphany time, consisting of the feast itself and its octave.”

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