Jan. 6 – Feast of the Epiphany

Or: Why do we eat King’s Cake?

 Feast of the Epiphany

 Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany.  The Feast commerates when the Magi visited the Infant Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  There is an excellent article about the Magi in The Catholic Encyclopedia found on-line at newadvent.org . 

 The Feast of the Epiphany ties in to our Mardi Gras tradition of the Kings’ Cake, which is traditionally served beginning today.  The “kings” of the cake are the Magi, who were thought to be members of Eastern royalty.  The baby placed inside the cake, of course, is the Infant Jesus.  The cake is served throughout the Mardi Gras season right up to Ash Wednesday.

King’s Cake photo

Images taken from: 
The Adoration of the Magi –  http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/news/Photo/AdorazMagi_gr.jpg
The Kings’ Cake – www.mardigrasday.com
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