Many people have wonderful traditions for this feast day. Coming from a non-Catholic background, I have no childhood memories of special preparations and activities for this day, but over at My Life In the Domestic Church she relates the traditions she is introducing to her small one.
There are so many wonderful Catholic traditions that I have not yet begun to incorporate into my life. I want to keep some of these traditions and so, in part, this is why I keep returning to the Liturgical Calendar as a means of learning some of what I do not yet know. I’m enjoying it. Then there are the traditions that are familiar to me, and yet, not totally set in stone. For example, over at the Curt Jester he relates how we actually don’t know the precise number of wise men that visited the Christ Child those many years ago, but we do know the gifts were three, and so, we simply use that number.
I grew up listening to this well loved song:
It is a tradition to honor the three wise men for the three gifts they brought. We don’t actually know their names, but it is a little tradition to use the names used in this song. Using these names or not using these names isn’t important to Faith so don’t feel pressured to accept them.
It is a great song to sing, which is why I chose to embed a video with the lyrics printed out. I hope, as part of my vocation, to add some of these traditions so that those of my children still at home begin to gain more traditions to help them mark the year and recall more and more of the important Truths of the Faith.
Fr. Z, over at WDTPRS, blogs today on the Holy Family and how Children learn about God by first learning about their own parents and their relationship to themselves. I read this and found myself reflecting on the importance of my living my vocation well so that my children learn how to live their vocations well too. I dwell on the essential relationship with my husband and how our unity teaches our Little Tiger about the unity of the Trinity. Our family life will form the foundation of our children’s ability to relate to others and build relationships, another important aspect of my vocation to contemplate. God uses us parents to teach a LOT of things. I’m so glad He also gives us the graces to fulfill our vocations.
I hope you have a blessed Feast of the Epiphany today.