When is Orthodox Epiphany?
How long until Orthodox Epiphany?
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Dates of Orthodox Epiphany
Who observes Orthodox Epiphany
|In the Orthodox tradition, Epiphany is the day that Jesus was baptised|
In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on 19 January.
In Ethiopia, Epiphany is known as Timket and in leap years, it is celebrated on 20 January.
Epiphany is one of three major Orthodox Christian celebrations along with Christmas and Easter.
In the Orthodox Church, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi (Three wise men) which is celebrated on 6 January as Epiphany in the Western Church.
Also known as The Feast of Theophany, this observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning of Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to mankind. Though no date for the baptism is given, it is generally accepted that Jesus was about 30 years old when he was baptised.
Despite the baptism of Jesus not being part of the nativity of Jesus, The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season.
Epiphany is derived from the Greek word 'epiphaneia' and means manifestation. In religious use, the term means the appearance of an invisible divine being in a visible form.