Burning of the Greens & Chili Supper

Burning of the Greens & Chili Supper

Sunday, January 06, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Sengel Hall, St. Theodore's Episcopal Church, 1001 Kingsland Dr., Bella Vista, AR US 72714

Join us for our 3rd annual Burning of the Greens & Chili Supper

We will be concluding the 12 Days of Christmas with our 2nd annual Burning of the Greens service on the Feast of the Epiphany.

We will have a brief service at 6:00 PM in the lower parking lot, followed by a potluck soup/chili supper in Sengel Hall.

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex if you'd like to bring soup, chili, salad, bread, dessert or other fixins to share.


The Traditions of The Epiphany and Burning of the Greens

In the course of history, Epiphany has been known as The Feast of the Manifestation, Feast of Lights, Feast of the Appearing of Christ, Feast of the Three Kinds (the Wise Men or Magi), and The Twelfth Day (as in the Twelve Days of Christmas). Next to Easter, Epiphany is the oldest celebration of the church year.

The story of the coming of the wise Men to bring gifts to the newborn King is one we are all familiar with. However, in our tradition this takes place not on Christmas Eve or Day as many believe, but on the twelfth night or The Epiphany.

The name "Epiphany" means "Manifestation" -- bringing something into sight that had been hidden. Our theology declares that The Light of Christ manifests itself (He makes Himself known) into the darkness (sin and evil) of our world. Therefore, we declare that God reveals Himself in Jesus, and that the glory of God is seen in Jesus, the Christ-child.

The story of the Magi or Kings is a revelation to ALL the world (not just our Jewish brothers and sisters) and the presence of God -- Light in the Darkness -- with the arrival of the sages from afar.

We have added through the years the tradition of the "Burning of the Christmas Greens". Its purpose and symbolism is to represent the light of Christ coming into the world. Again, Light manifested in the darkness and breaking through into even the tiniest cracks and shadows. 

So, tonight we celebrate the Light in the darkness, the manifestation of the Christ-child -- our savior and redeemer.

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