6th Sunday After Epiphany
Epiphany is the season after Christmas (the first set of green blocks), and separates the Advent/Christmas season from Lent/Easter. In Epiphany we learn about the beginnings of Jesus ministry and the calling of the disciples.
What does ‘Transfiguration’ mean?
‘Trans’ means change from one thing to another. ‘Figuration’ means your body or the way you look. So Transfiguration means a change in the way you look or appear.
Go to Google and put in the word ‘Transfiguration’, then click ‘images’ and look at all the different artists’ version of what the Transfiguration experience might have looked like to the three disciples. You can click on the top to narrow your search to be Icons, or Clipart, or Contemporary, or something else.
Draw your own version of Transfiguration. Put yourself in the picture. What do you imaging it would have been like if you were there with the disciples and saw this change in Jesus for yourself?
This is also Valentine’s Day. Did you know that Valentine was a Christian? When your parents and grandparents were growing up, they probably used the name Saint Valentine’s Day.
There were three men named Valentine in the early church who could be this Saint Valentine. One of the stories goes like this:
The Roman government at that time didn’t want people to get married because if the soldiers were married they might want to stay home rather than go far, far away to fight in wars. Young people were not happy about that, so many of them snuck off to the church to be married. One of the priests who married people was named Valentine, was eventually found out and put in jail.
Another story says Valentine was already in jail for teaching about Jesus, but he would be freed if he could make the blind daughter of the judge see again. Valentine prayed to God then laid his hands on the girl’s face, and she was able to see. The judge freed Valentine and did everything else Valentine asked him to do. Unfortunately another judge didn’t like it that Valentine was still teaching about Jesus, and so he was arrested again.
February 14th is supposedly the day Valentine were killed by the Emperor. We just aren’t sure which Valentine. What we do know is that every Valentine we know about, taught others about God’s love.
The name Valentine means “strong, worthy, powerful” and many people in the early church had the name Valentine.
How do we show love to our families and friends? A card is nice, but what other ways can we show love? Practice some of those ways to show love this week.