January 2, 2022

The Epiphany of the Lord

Rise up in splendor Jerusalem! Light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you (Isaiah 60:1). From you will come a ruler who is to shepherd my people, Israel. He shall rescue the poor…and the afflicted, the heirs of the poor he shall save (Psalm 72:12). They rejoiced when they saw the star… they entered the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother. They prostrated themselves and gave him homage… and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11).

Epiphany was very significant to Saint Peter Julian Eymard. He received approval for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament on May 8, 1856, but he did not expose the Blessed Sacrament on the altar of the chapel on rue d’Enfer in Paris until January 6, 1857. He writes the following words for Epiphany:

Oh yes, all good things come to us through the Holy Eucharist as they are rooted in Bethlehem, which became the second heaven of love…this from there that all our duties arise. The Magi are our models, first adorers in faith. Remain worthy of their royal faith in Jesus Christ, be their heirs and their love, and one day be with them in glory. (A Thought for Every day, January 6, page 16).

The star is a symbol of our faith. The Eucharist is neither a relic nor a sign; it is a person: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord, and King of Kings. Like the Magi, we prostrate ourselves and give him homage. We do not see Mary or her child with our eyes, but we see him with our mind, heart, and soul, thanks to our baptism and the Eucharist we receive and celebrate. We thank our Savior and friend on this special eucharistic


Father, today you have revealed the mystery of our salvation in Christ as a light for the nations…and you made us new by the glory of his immortal nature. (Preface of the Epiphany).


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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.