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The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, Solemn Mass, by the Rector

Matthew’s wise men are better described as magi, probably astrologers, men whose profession was to study and interpret the movement of stars and planets in the heavens.[1] Matthew ignores the “generally negative view” of the Hebrew Scriptures to astrology, sorcery, or mediums.[2] The star in Matthew leads the magi to Jerusalem, where scripture will reveal where the king of the Jews, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ, has been born. God himself leads the magi to Jerusalem, to Bethlehem, and later on a safe journey to their own country.[3]
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