Feast Day of the Epiphany of The Lord (Denha)
Each year on January 6, we celebrate the Feast Day of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus, also known as Denha.
This feast day commemorates Jesus’ baptism and the manifestation of His divinity. The term “Epiphany” is derived from the Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.” It symbolizes the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of humanity.
The Epiphany also holds deep significance in the context of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Despite John being reluctant to be the one to baptize Jesus, Jesus insisted that he do it. This signifies his identification with humanity and the beginning of his public ministry. As Jesus emerged from the water, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove, accompanied by a voice from heaven declaring, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
The baptism of Jesus serves as a pivotal moment in His life, showing His obedience to God’s plan and the affirmation of His divine nature. Further, it symbolizes purification, initiation, and a commissioning for His mission to redeem humanity.
As we start this new year, let us celebrate this feast day with an open heart and an open mind. This feast day should serve as a reminder to all of us of the light and hope that Jesus brings to humanity. Lord, hear our prayers!