This morning, both Middle and Upper School students and faculty celebrated "Epiphany" in a special chapel service. In the Christian tradition, Christmas season lasts for 12 days with The Feast of the Epiphany as the 12th day, which falls on January 6 this year.
Matthew's Biblical story of the wise men following the star to meet a newborn king and bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh is read on Epiphany, and in honor of this, three members of the Middle School choir began the service with the hymn "We Three Kings."
"The theme of light and spreading the news of the birth of Christ to all people, not just those who were close by at the birth, is one that is great to reiterate," explains Middle School choir teacher Susan Wiles. "Celebrating like this also gives a sense of the seasons of the Church year."
Two more hymns, "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" and "A Stable Lamp is Lighted," were sung by all attendees, with five more Middle School choir students demonstrating their vocal talents with stand-out solos.
The Upper School chapel service was equally special. During their service, Epiphany was celebrated by learning from our Eagle Edition staff the meaning of the symbols in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in honor of Barbara Meier, a former ESD Journalism teacher, who led this chapel every year during her tenure at ESD.
These special services were a great way to celebrate Epiphany and the end of the Christmas season. Well done to all who sang or spoke during chapel today.