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    This was private because it's been too hard to celebrate when my Dad has been in hospital for a month and a day, and I so many miles away.
    I'm in England (Portsmouth) with Andy till end March.
    I continue on my path the story is long the work plenty - none have the time, but many the compassion that is lacking in my own family, no one said it would be easy growing and living and escaping from the Peloponnesian War.

    I hope your Holidays were peaceful unlike mine, still mine were filled with love and light; thank you for sharing them Andy & Ed for coming to celebrate with us..

    Happy {belated} birthday to you Mike and Michael, many happy returns today.
    Happy 2012, and love and light to all of you.

    ♡X♡

    Epiphany, (Koine Greek: ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation", "striking appearance"[1]) or Theophany,[2] (Ancient Greek (ἡ) Θεοφάνεια, Τheophaneia) meaning "vision of God",[3] which traditionally falls on 6 January, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.
    Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.[4]

    Eastern Churches following the Julian Calendar observe the Theophany feast on what for most countries is 19 January[5] because of the 13-day difference today between that calendar and the generally used Gregorian calendar.[6]

    Since 1970, the date of the celebration by Latin Rite Roman Catholics is fixed as 6 January only in countries where the feast is a Holy Day of Obligation, while in other countries it falls on the Sunday after 1 January. In the Church of England also, the feast may be celebrated on the Sunday between 2 January and 8 January.

    A separate celebration of the Baptism of the Lord was introduced for Latin Rite Roman Catholics in 1955.[7] Initially, this was to be held on 13 January, previously the octave day of the Epiphany, but in the 1969 revision of the General Roman Calendar the date was changed to the first Sunday after 6 January.[8] In countries where on a particular year the Epiphany falls on 7 or 8 January, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the following Monday. In the Church of England the same custom may be followed. In the Episcopal Church in the United States the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is always the Sunday after 6 January.

    Alternative names for the feast include (τα) Θεοφάνια, Theophany as neuter plural rather than feminine singular, η Ημέρα των Φώτων, i Imera ton Foton (modern Greek pronunciation), hē hēmera tōn phōtōn (restored classic pronunciation), "The Day of the Lights", and τα Φώτα, ta Fota, "The Lights".[9]

    Source: Wiki

    Andy~B, imagepeace, p.csizmadia, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Andy~B 38 months ago | reply

      A lovely image, M~, and touching words.
      My best wishes to your Dad - may he be home soon, indeed.
      xox

    2. M'sheArt2 Photography 38 months ago | reply

      Yes I hope so, and that all goes well when... Thank you for the support honey :) It was lovely to spend Christmas with you, hard as they were...

      Thanks for yesterday at Strada it was a very lovely day all in all, and meal.
      xox

    3. Natascha♫ 38 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful!
      I hope your Dad will be well soon!

    4. Kap'n'Kaos 38 months ago | reply

      For Your Dad ~ Send Your Love From Inside Your Head...He Will Receive It !

      Your Notes Are a Bit Of An Enigma To Me...You Tracing Family History ?

    5. Kap'n'Kaos 38 months ago | reply

      Ta For Your BD Wishes...I Now Only Need One More 6 to Add To The 66 I Already Have

    6. ~♥angel♥~ 38 months ago | reply

      Magical shot, I love it!
      I can understand how hard it is having family sick for the holidays. A close one to me is stage 4 lung cancer.
      Hope your dad has a healthy new year!~ :)

    7. Joseph/ 38 months ago | reply

      All the best from Us to your Dad!

    8. Kap'n'Kaos~Too 38 months ago | reply

      Be Guided By The Light ~

    9. Lake Li Sun 38 months ago | reply

      Great to hear you're with Andy...that's so cool.
      Sorry for the tough times:

      This tree looks like a woman ~ filled with light.

      ...

    10. rosy outlook photography 38 months ago | reply

      Happy New Year, Mia. Wishing you the best for 2012 and sending prayers for your Dad... xx

    11. SnowyOutlook 5 months ago | reply

      A marvel of a Christmas tree... so very sorry your Dad never made it home.. xxx

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