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Dear Ambrose: I am planning ahead and looking at the Feast of the Epiphany. January 6 falls on a Wednesday and our parish won’t be able to observe the feast on a weekday. What are my options. They love the Wisemen! Signed, A Wise Guy

Dear Wise Guy,

Sorry to tell you, but you can’t actually transfer a feast backwards, and certainly can’t celebrate this feast the following Sunday. That day is reserved for the Baptism of Christ. The Feast of the Epiphany can only be celebrated on January 6, or in the evening of January 5, Twelfth Night. However, there are two Sundays in the Christmas season, and on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3, 2021, there are three options for the Holy Gospel – one deals with Mary and Joseph’s flight into Egypt, one describes Jesus in the temple when he was twelve years old, and the last option is from Matthew with the story of Herod and the wise men from the East. This last option gives you the chance to sing We three kings and other Epiphany hymns dealing with stars and such. By the way, after the Feast of the Epiphany, we can sing about light, but not stars.