Friday, January 6, 2012

The Epiphany ~ Praise BE

a birth
a cry
the sound heard
the gesture understood
the intention known
Praise BE
the quest lived
the vision perceived
faith realized
wisdom known
joy shared
Praise BE.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Infant Jesus offering a drink of water to John the Baptist, oil painting, Spanish, 1600s, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1617-1682.

Epiphany (holiday)

From Wikipedia

"Epiphany, (Koine Greek: ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation", "striking appearance"[1]) or Theophany,[2] (Ancient Greek (ἡ) Θεοφάνεια, Τheophaneia) meaning "vision of God",[3] which falls on 6 January, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. The baptism of Christ being celebrated by Roman Catholics on the Octave of the Epiphany, January 13.[4]"

Eastern Churches following the Julian Calendar observe the Theophany feast on 19 January[5] because of the 13-day difference today between that calendar and the generally used Gregorian calendar.[6] Alternative names for the feast include (τα) Θεοφάνια, Theophany as neuter plural rather than feminine singular, η Ημέρα των Φώτων, i Imera ton Foton (modern Greek pronunciation), he hemera ton photon (restituted classic pronunciation), "The Day of the Lights", and τα Φώτα, ta Fota, "The Lights".[7]

Epiphany (feeling)
From Wikipedia

An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something. The term is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has "found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture," or has new information or experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper or numinous foundational frame of reference. This concept is studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.[1][2][3]


  1. Magnificen dear Rose Marie ! With affection Barbara .

  2. Barbara, Thank You. So deeply touched by your endearing friendship.

    Always best on to you.

    Rose Marie

  3. Theanne, And onto us this blessing divine.