The Feast of Epiphany is sometimes called "little Christmas." The word "Epiphany" means "manifestation." The liturgy readings narrate the revelation of the Christ-Child to the world of the gentiles in the form of a star. The Christmas Season captures the two forms of one reality- God came to earth to be with His people. The first form of this manifestation was on Christmas day when "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (Prologue of St. John). The Word assumed a human nature and became like us. God the Father manifested Himself to us through the Son, Jesus. This is the first manifestation. Then on the feast of Epiphany, God manifested Himself again, not in the silence of the night in some hidden cave in Bethlehem, but to the world, through the persons of the
Magi, and in them, to the Gentiles. This is the second manifestation.