While originally postponed due to weather, the SFM Youth Group held our 2nd annual Epiphany Celebration dinner yesterday after Mass at St. Charles. The dinner included a ceremony where families who took symbols of Epiphany home last year passed on their symbols to a different family for the new year. We hope to continue this tradition next year!
The symbols we used (pictured below) were researched & described by the Youth Group and Deacon Black Bear. We’ve included meaning for each below!
The Manger is the symbol of the birth of Jesus. It is an incomparable self-gift at Christmas and Easter that enables us to be a part of God’s family.
The 5 pointed Star symbolizes the nativity. Matt.2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “where is the one who has been born king of Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
The Christmas tree as it turns out, the tradition of decorating evergreens predates the Christmas celebration; people believed that the evergreens boughs kept the evil spirits away. Legends hold that St. Boniface was the first to designate the tradition for Christianity in the 18th century.
The Circle is a significant Christian symbol used to represent eternity as it has no beginning and no end.
The Medicine Wheel symbolizes great spiritual significance for the Lakota people. The belief is that the shape of the wheel represents the circle of life and death, which is considered never ending and most importantly represents the unity in the Great Spirit or Grandfather.
The Triangle is symbol of the Trinity. With 3 sides it represents the Father (at the top), the Son and the Holy Spirit (at the bottom corners). The Catholic Church has honored the Trinity with a special feast.
The Crucifix is the image of Jesus on the cross. It emphasizes Jesus’ sacrifice for us-his death. Catholics use the crucifix in public religious services.
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