How many of us really celebrate the Epiphany? For most people, Christmas finishes just as it starts with decorations taken down on Boxing Day and ‘Sales’ starting in the shops. And for those of us that do observe the twelve days of Christmas we don’t actually celebrate the feast; unlike countries such as Spain, where they celebrate Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) and exchange gifts.
This year it has been a little different; a number of parishes and schools across the Diocese have celebrated the Epiphany with a CribFest to bringing their community together to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
In the parishes of St Joseph’s Poole; Holy Trinity, Dorchester; Abbey Rd, Torquay; Holy Angels, Torquay and All Saints Teignmouth, parishioners’ cribs were brought together to create displays in churches and halls for people to come and admire and enjoy. It was amazing to see the variety and diversity of the nativities.
In our schools, children celebrated the Epiphany with Mass and assemblies.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Exmouth , the children and staff dressed up for the Epiphany.
And before Christmas the children made cribs for a Christmas a crib trail and invited parents, carers and parishioners to come and see.