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EpiphanyToday is the feast of the Epiphany. This day traditionally marks the day that the three wise men arrived with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for baby Jesus. It is a special day in the Church’s calendar as it celebrates the announcement that Jesus was born and officially brings the season of Christmas to a close.

In Ireland this day is known as Nollaig na Mban where tradition holds that after all the work preparing Christmas for their families women got together on January 6th and celebrated their own Christmas together while the men stayed at home and handled the household jobs.

The Bible tells us that the wise men brought the gifts of gold, frankinsense and myrrh with them to the stable. Some of these may not sound like much use today but at the time of Jesus they were the best presents you could receive. These gifts represented royalty, honour and respect and were the kinds of presents that were presented to a king or someone very important. 

As we think about gifts, have you ever thought about what gifts you bring to the world? Are you patient or kind or generous or are you a good listener, do you try and help where you can? We all have gifts to offer the world - unique, individual important gifts. And on this particular day where we think of gifts we remember that whatever your own personal gifts are, cherish them, be thankful for them use them to make the world around us better. 

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