The Epiphany of the Lord is a feast day that celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. It is observed on January 6 and marks the official end of the Christmas season.
In the West, this feast day is most often associated with the visitation of the magi and their bringing of gifts to the Christ child. In the East, it connects to the baptism of Jesus and the first miracle of water being turned into wine. In some cultures, it is known as “women’s Christmas,” where women enjoy a day of rest after the bustle and hospitality of the Christmas season.
The First Season of Ordinary Time
Following Epiphany, we enter into the first of two seasons in the church year called Ordinary Time. Lectionary readings during this time focus on the life and ministry of Jesus and invite us into the maturation of our faith. This first season of Ordinary Time is a great time for us to focus on deepening our discipleship, leaning into our formation in intentional ways, and cultivating rhythms and rituals that grow us increasingly toward wholeness in Christ.
—Jenn Giles Kemper
Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of the season. Some of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days tribe, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by the tribe. Share your own recommendations for additional resources in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here.
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton
Cloth for the Cradle: Worship Resources and Readings for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by John Bell and Wild Goose Worship Group
Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families—Advent, Christmastide, and Epiphany (Vol. 1) by Lacy Finn Borgo and Ben Barczi
Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember, and More by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Pilgrim Principles: Journeying with Intention in Everyday Life by Lacy Clark Ellman
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith by Janet O. Hagberg
The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor
Christmastide: Prayers for Advent through Epiphany from the Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas, and the Kingdom by Walter Wangerin Jr.
S1 | E4 : Epiphany + Pilgrimage with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast
S1 | E5 : Ordinary Time + Rule of Life with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast
You Don't Need an Excuse to Throw a Big Party with Gerard and Jessie Pepper on the Marriage Is Funny podcast
Ordinary Time: What Does It Mean? When Is It? by The Religion Teacher
Chalking the Door: Blessing Your Home for Epiphany by Deacon Greg Kandra at Aleteia
Epiphany: The Most Important Church Season? by Charlotte Greeson at Building Faith
The Irony of the Epiphany by David Mathis at Desiring God
Epiphany! With Exclamation Points! by Rev. Marci Auld Glass at Glass Overflowing
STARward by Rev. Marci Auld Glass at Glass Overflowing
For Epiphany 2016: Coloring the Psalms by Emmy R. Kegler at Interactive Alternative Worship
Epiphany [Reframe Series] by Abby Perry at Joy Woven Deep
Wearing Our Lives Lightly by Jessica Mesman Griffith at The Mudroom
The Magic of Three Kings' Day by Carrie at Parenting Passageway
Women's Christmas 2012: Journey of a Treasuring Heart by Jan Richardson at Sanctuary of Women
Women's Christmas 2013: The Map You Make Yourself by Jan Richardson at Sanctuary of Women
Women's Christmas 2014: The Shimmering Hours by Jan Richardson at Sanctuary of Women
Women's Christmas 2015: Illuminating the Threshold by Jan Richardson at Sanctuary of Women
Women's Christmas 2016: Home by Another Way by Jan Richardson at Sanctuary of Women
Epiphany: Courage, Movement, Attention by Leah Slawson
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