The Feast of Epiphany on January 6th marks the end of the Christmas feast and celebrates the visitation of the mysterious Magi from the east who came to worship Jesus as the Messiah. This begins a season where we focus on the Scripture stories of the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. This season has several special days. The first Sunday after Epiphany is when we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus which is one of the dates on which we baptize new members. February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, also known as Candlemas, when we traditionally welcome new acolytes and bless the candles for use in the Church and home in the new year. The season concludes on Shrove Tuesday which is a day of preparation for the following Lenten season - a day to feast on baked goods, pancakes, and sweets before the Lenten fast begins (it's why it's called Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday").