Today is the feast of manifestation, or Epiphany of our Lord. Epiphany is Greek for "to manifest" or "to show". The Feast of the Epiphany marks the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. The Three Kings – Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar — had come from the East in search of the Christ child. The Three Kings, also known as the Magi or the Wise Men, brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh – gold signifying that Jesus is King; frankincense, the symbol of prayer, signifying that Jesus is the Son of God, and myrrh, which is used to anoint the dead, signifying that Jesus would die for the salvation of all. If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disappointed on finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently, they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though they found in Him no signs of royal preeminence, yet, content with the testimony of the star alone, they adored: for they saw an infant, and acknowledged Him to be the Son of God.
We are grateful to our good neighbor, Nancy Dusckas for underwriting the cost of our parish calendars. There are still a few available at the doors of the Church and in the rectory office.
Our pews and kneelers have all been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by an anonymous parishioner who wishes only to be recognized as Cool Hand Luke. I’m grateful for his efforts to keep our pews and kneelers clean and germ free.
Mercyhurst High School sent me the list of students from our parish who attained honors for the last marking period. The following received first honors: Kathryn Anderson, Mark Gorski, Evan Warner, Sarah Barbale, Matthew Benczkowski, Alexa Wawrzyniak, and Chelsea Cox. Receiving second honors were: Madeline Breski, Lenore Noe, Morgan Wawrzyniak, Carlie Bright, Daniel Firzgerald, Gina Majczak, Raffaele DiLullo, Emily Bailey, and Kaitlin Zapolski. Jacob Shaloiko and Chelsey Bielanin received honorable mention. Congratulations go out to all of them and to their parents and grandparents.
I’d like to thank and acknowledge those who help decorate our church so beautifully for Christmas: Ray and Judy Burkell, Sandy and Larry Benek, Gary Foster from the Rose of Sharon Shop, Bob Rocky from Stan’s Flower and Garden Center, Katie Anderson, Rachael Anderson, Lisa Anderson, Ashley Benek, and Alexandra Benek.
Here is a thought for the week. You are already on the winning path if you have picked yourself up, dusted away the setbacks and have started moving forward.
Pax et Bonum,