Living Faith Lutheran Church
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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Christmas & Epiphany 2012-2013

The Advent and Christmas seasons are always a special time at Living Faith Lutheran. The highlight of our Christmas Eve service: singing "Silent Night" by candlelight. Epiphany marks the conclusion of the Twelve Days of Christmas; it has been celebrated on January 6 since at least 341 A.D. - and this year (2013), fell on a Sunday. Living Faith members celebrated the feast with plenty of joy, fun, tasty treats and great fellowship.

Christmas & Epiphany 2012-2013

Candles lit, ready to worship

Candles lit, ready to worship

A special gift of Christmas music

Music for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service included holiday favorites such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Away in a Manger, as well as lesser known choral pieces, including Pietro Yon's Gesu Bambino.

A special gift of Christmas music

Voices lifted in joyous praise

Voices lifted in joyous praise

Pastor Sandra delivers a stirring homily

Pastor Sandra delivers a stirring homily

A beautiful hand-chime anthem

Choir director Hube Beckwith leads the Living Faith Hand Chime Ensemble in his arrangement of Good Christian Friends, Rejoice.

A beautiful hand-chime anthem

Passing the flame, sharing the light

Passing the flame, sharing the light

Janice & Sally sing 'Silent Night'

Janice & Sally sing 'Silent Night'

The Murphy family, Grace & Anne-Marie

The Murphy family, Grace & Anne-Marie

Sam & Jim join in a prayerful hymn

Sam & Jim join in a prayerful hymn

Carleen & Logan

Carleen & Logan

We three kings...

The Feast of Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the Magi (wise men) and the revelation of the baby Jesus as God incarnate to the Gentiles. It's always celebrated on Jan. 6 - and because Epiphany also fell on a Sunday in 2013, Living Faith members celebrated by hanging an illuminated star above the chancel ... bringing in wise men figurines from our personal collections ... eating delicious, home-baked King cakes ... and blessing chalk, so that we could mark our door frames in traditional Epiphany fashion.

We three kings...

Checking out the Magi

Checking out the Magi

Star of wonder...

Star of wonder...

... star of light

... star of light

Patti & Curtis serve 3 tasty King cakes

Master baker Patti Hintze and husband Curtis serve three delicious King cakes to commemorate Epiphany. The cakes were greatly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed; only crumbs remained! King cakes have been served for centuries from Jan. 6 to Mardi Gras, especially in Spanish- and French-speaking countries. The cakes Patti baked honored the French, Spanish and Gulf Coast traditions of this holiday classic.

Patti & Curtis serve 3 tasty King cakes

A contender for the crown?

A contender for the crown?

Our three kings - freshly crowned

Lucky Living Faith members who found the treasures hidden within the three king cakes served after worship on Epiphany. Traditionally, each cake carries a trinket - often a bean or small baby figurine (symbolizing the newborn Jesus). Those who find it get to wear the crown. ... and serve as king (or queen) for the day!

Our three kings - freshly crowned

Blessed chalk - ready for Epiphany doorways

Blessed chalk - ready for Epiphany doorways

Epiphany blessing on our doors

The traditional Epiphany blessing on the front door of Living Faith members Doug & Cynthia Hernan, using chalk blessed during our Jan. 6 service. The new year (2013) is halved by "C+M+B," which represents the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" (may Christ bless this home) and the names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar.

Epiphany blessing on our doors