The Feast of the Epiphany | Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 6th January 2020

They set out; and there, ahead of them,

went the star that they had seen at its rising,

until it stopped over the place where the child was.

Matthew 2:1-12


This morning we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany with a Eucharist for the whole school in the Boys’ Chapel at 11.15 am. We were led in this liturgy by Celebrant Fr Barney McGuckian SJ who highlighted the unsettling impact that the birth of the Christ King had during the reign of King Herod at that time.

The Feast of the Epiphany marks the end of Christmas and celebrates the revelation of God incarnate Jesus Christ. It commemorates two very important occasions in Christ’s life; the visit of the three wise men to worship the baby Jesus in Bethlehem and the moment John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan.


Pictured Above L – R: Karl Hayes, Dylan Liddy, Ben Wilkins (Rhetoric)

Pictured L – R: Fr Michael Sheil SJ and Fr Barney McGuckian SJ


The liturgy was wonderfully enhanced by singing from the Schola and especially by the rendition of “We Three Kings of Orient Are” by Rhetoric students Dylan Liddy, Karl Hayes and Ben Wilkins.

English and Latin teacher, Mr Adam Conry, recited beautifully the Journey of the Magi, a poem written by T.S. Elliot in 1927, which explores the deeper underlying meaning of their recognition of Christ as our Lord and Saviour and the consequences for their own lives.

Our thanks to Fr Barney McGuckian SJ for leading this wonderful service and to all involved for providing such a memorable start to this new year.

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