"Star of Wonder, Star of Night
The star, we once speculated, was hung in honor of the Epiphany, which is the twelfth day of Christmas, January the sixth, and often celebrated with the familiar hymn, We Three Kings (its chorus lyrics are posted at the top of this entry). However, today, January the second, this traditional Epiphany hymn will be sung in New York City Catholic churches, where masses will be offered and celebrated for the Feast of the Epiphany, because the bishops have decided to move this feast day up to the second Sunday after Christmas. In spite of this, the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, insists it is the secular world that is the one rushing Christmas, when for me, it appears the church is rushing it too — by moving up holidays.
Dolan writes,"A blessed Christmas everybody! I realize some might think me tardy in this heartfelt greeting, but hear me out. I am not late at all! Holy Mother Church starts her celebration of our Savior on Christmas Eve, and keeps it until Epiphany which is the Sunday after the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1). The feast of the Epiphany — when the magi adored Jesus, giving us the 'Twelve Days of Christmas.' The tree stays up, presents can still be exchanged, carols are still bellowed out, the crib sets remain in place, and we still express Christmas good wishes and make our visits . . . as we should. One of the saddest sights is to see Christmas already in the trash bin on December 26th!"
This card received recognition in a radio interview (W.B.A.I.) which can be heard on my web-site, which most of my regular blog-readers know, and I have blogged about circumstances related to this card which can be found in three different posts by clicking here and here and here.