The Epiphany is celebrated each January 6 and is a day dedicated to the birth of Christ, which includes a nod toward the three Kings , (or Wise Men) who came to visit Him.
The word "epiphany" means "an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
Appearance is correct, as Christ revealed himself in the form of a new-born babe to the Three Wise Men, who travelled from their countries to pay tribute to the Son of God.
The Gospel of Matthew describes three Wise Men, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, who were told of Christ's birth and set off, following the Star of Bethlehem, to meet the baby Jesus. The three Kings represent Europe, Arabia and Africa
Each King brought with him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to represent Jesus' elevated position, divine birth and mortality respectively.
Historically, Christmas was celebrated each day from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany, with January 6 being as large a celebration as December 25.
Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Dungannon on
Friday 5 January - Vigil Mass at 7.30pm
Saturday 6 January - 10.00am Mass.