The word epiphany means “manifestation.” An epiphany is a moment in time in which there is a special revelation or insight produced. People today might call it a “wow” moment. In terms of the Church’s celebration, the Epiphany refers to this immense, universal revelation: “The manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world” (CCC, 528).

The feast of the Epiphany has a threefold character: It celebrates the manifestation of Christ as he is adored by the pagan wise men or Magi from the East, together with our Lord’s baptism in the Jordan river and the wedding feast at Cana, where he worked his first sign, transforming water into wine (John 2:7-11). 

The celebration of the Epiphany in all its forms is essentially a commemoration of the special manifestations of Christ, the light of humanity and savior of the world, who came into the world not to condemn it, but that it might be saved through him.

Objective: In this course, students will learn about the feast of the Epiphany in all its parts. Students will learn about the adoration of the Magi, about Christ's baptism, and about the wedding feast at Cana. Students will learn why we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord and what it means for us.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Epiphany - Lesson 1 - History and Origin of the Epiphany

    • Epiphany - Lesson 1 - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - History and Origin of the Epiphany - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 1 - History and Origin of the Epiphany - VIDEO

    • Lesson 1 - History and Origin of the Epiphany - QUIZ

  • 02

    Epiphany - Lesson 2 - The Visit of The Wise Men

    • Epiphany - Lesson 2 - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 2 - The Visit of The Wise Men - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 2 - The Visit of The Wise Men - VIDEO

    • Lesson 2 - The Visit of The Wise Men - QUIZ

  • 03

    Epiphany - Lesson 3 - Christ's Baptism In The Jordan River

    • Epiphany - Lesson 3 - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 3 - Christ's Baptism In The Jordan River - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 3 - Christ's Baptism In The Jordan River - VIDEO

    • Lesson 3 - Christ's Baptism In The Jordan River - QUIZ

  • 04

    Epiphany - Lesson 4 - The Miracle at The Wedding Feast at Cana

    • Epiphany - Lesson 4 - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 4 - The Miracle at The Wedding Feast at Cana - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 4 - The Miracle at The Wedding Feast at Cana - VIDEO

    • Lesson 4 - The Miracle at The Wedding Feast at Cana - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology