Filling the Christ shaped hole in the heart of England

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Celebrated on the 6th January, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. It is important in Christian understanding because the Magi, being gentiles, reveal that Jesus was born not for one specific nation or race but for the whole of humankind.

The magi brought three gifts: gold, a symbol of kingship; secondly frankincense, a dried gum from a tree that gives off a sweet smelling smoke when burnt, and is used in worship. It represents Jesus divinity; and thirdly Myhrr, a balm used to anoint the dead, a symbol that Jesus was born to die.

Interestingly the bible does not say how many magi there were. Three is assumed because of the number of gifts.