Epiphany of the Lord

January 8, 2023

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Hurried off and found them

Mary kept thinking

Just as the angel had said

They named him Jesus

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YOUNG CATHOLICS

Epiphany of the Lord

The readings for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord tell of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all people. The first reading tells of a light in Jerusalem which all nations are drawn to. The psalm foretells kings bringing gifts. The second reading explains how God’s grace is now known to all generations and the whole world. The gospel recalls how the Magi came from afar to worship the child Jesus. It also recounts Herod’s jealousy and treachery.

Follow that Star Lesson Plan

This Epiphany lesson plan will help youth understand that following Jesus means giving our whole selves over to him and leaving behind anything which is hindering us.

Have a Birthday Party for Jesus

Teach your young friends about Christmas by having a birthday party for Jesus! You can do this as a Christmas or Epiphany activity. Have your high school students plan and run the party for their young siblings, nieces, nephews, and neighbors.

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Epiphany of the Lord

The Magi seek out Jesus and do him homage.

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Younger children can learn about gift giving and the gifts we can give to honor Jesus as our Savior by hearing about the Magi, who traveled far to honor Jesus with special gifts.

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The gifts of the Magi show that they knew Jesus to be the Savior promised by God. By reflecting on the meaning of the Magi’s gifts, we can lead older children to recognize Jesus as their Savior.

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Young people at this age are attracted to heroes. The genre of superheroes allows young people an opportunity to reflect on the virtues and values of each superhero, whose true identity remains concealed. On the feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the revealing of Jesus’ true identity as the Messiah.

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With our celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Edward shares how we can follow Mary’s example of letting none of God’s gifts to us “fall from the table” as we reflect in the new year.

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Epiphany of the Lord

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Epiphany Craft

Join us as we make three wise men and a camel and discuss the Epiphany of the Lord!

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With our celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Edward shares how we can follow Mary’s example of letting none of God’s gifts to us “fall from the table” as we reflect in the new year.

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Epiphany of the Lord

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Epiphany of the Lord

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Epiphany of the Lord

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Follow God’s Direction

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Epiphany celebrates the visitation of the Magi (wise men), who followed God’s star to Bethlehem and found Jesus. In this message, celebrate how we follow God’s guidance as we read His word and pray to discern what it means.

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Epiphany of the Lord

Seeking the Savior

OBJECT: “Seeking the Savior Map”; Marker; Star stickers

As you know, the wise men did not have a map to guide them to Bethlehem, but they had something even better — they had a star.

(Make a simple map from your starting place to two other places in your room. This will be your “Seeking the Savior Map. Hide the star stickers somewhere in your room. Place a star sticker on your map for that place. Choose two other places where your map will take kids in your room. Then use symbols on your map to signify those two places, such as a book for a bookcase. After your map has three places on it, wad it up and unwad it to make it look more realistic.)

If we were planning to go visit someone in another town, we might first ask someone who knew how to get there to give us directions. They might give us some general directions and suggest the best roads to take. Another thing we might do is look at a map or use our GPS to show us exactly how to get where we want to go.

Today we have a map to help us seek or find something. (Show kids the map.) I have two things you need to do. #1: You will go with me to seek the star that is hiding in our room. And #2: Every time you hear me say the word “star,” raise your hands and say “Shine, shine, bright star.” Ready?


Activities for  Epiphany of the Lord

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Epiphany of the Lord

I’ve Got It

OBJECT: A light bulb or a picture of a cartoon character with a light bulb sketched above the head.

A light bulb or a picture of a cartoon character with a light bulb sketched above the head.

Think about how it feels when suddenly you have a good idea pop into your head. Perhaps you have had the experience of struggling to understand or learn how do to something you found very difficult, then suddenly it all becomes clear to you. It is as though a light turns on in your brain and makes everything clear.

Sometimes we see the same image illustrated in cartoons. It could be Charlie Brown, Snoopy, or Scooby-Doo, appearing surprised, a light bulb sketched above their head. It is a symbol that means “I’ve got it!I know what to do!” Some call that a “light bulb moment.” (Show example.)

When Jesus was born, the wise men or Magi, as they are called, had very holy light bulb moments. They saw a star rising and knew that special star would lead them to Jesus, The Son of God. They followed that star “until it came and stood over where the young child was” (2:9).


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Star Bright, Star light

OBJECT:Cut-out of a star or a simple drawing of the Big Dipper

Have you ever sat outside with a friend or your family and watched as the sky begins to darken, to see who could spot the first star? You must watch closely to be the one to see the first star appear. Soon after, many stars are twinkling in the sky. In fact, there are billions of stars in our galaxy.

Have you ever thought about what makes a star twinkle? A star sends out a straight beam of light, but movement in the air changes the path of the light, and causes the star to twinkle.

It is a special treat to sit outside at night and look at stars. Stars appear to be white, but if you look closely you will see that some stars are blue, yellow and red. And, some stars are very bright.There is one very bright star, the North Star, which guides travelers and sailors so they will always know in what direction they are going.Perhaps your parents or a friend can help you find the Big Dipper in the night sky. It looks like a large pan with a handle. The two stars at the front of the pan, opposite of the handle, point directly to the North Star.

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