Untitled Document

Gifts for a Baby King

At the time of his birth, the Light of the world was acknowledged by only a handful of worshipers: a bedazzled congregation of shepherds and two pious souls, long watching and waiting for him in the temple.

A bit later, coming “from the East,” the first Gentile worshipers of Christ arrived, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy that the Redeemer of Israel would be a light for the nations. These astrologers had seen a light in the sky that testified to the advent of the Light of the world. An eager expedition ensued, with the intention of paying homage to a new King. Their arrival in Judea is the first empirical evidence of the universal and global significance of a very particular and local event.

Since about the fourth century, in the Western church, the Feast of the Epiphany has commemorated the testimony implicit in the journey of the Magi, and a great deal of music has emerged from that attention. In Western churches, Epiphany has also included a celebration of Christ’s baptism and the first miracle at the wedding at Cana as well as the visit of the Magi. (In Eastern churches, Epiphany focuses on the baptism as the shining forth of God’s Trinitarian presence, as the Son assents to his humanity, the Father announces his pleasure at the Son, and the Spirit descends in the form of a symbol of peace.)

THIS ARTICLE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
FOR QUICK ACCESS:


Ken Myers is the host and producer of the Mars Hill Audio Journal. Formerly an arts editor with National Public Radio, he also served as editor of Eternity, the Evangelical monthly magazine, and This World, the quarterly predecessor to First Things. He also serves as music director at All Saints Anglican Church in Ivy, Virginia. He is a contributing editor for Touchstone.

Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!

Online
Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.


more on music from the online archives

33.3—May/June 2020

Consolation in Death

Bach's Cantata BWV 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbesteZeit (God's time is the very best time) by Ken Myers


more from the online archives

32.6—November/December 2019

Strategic Christians

The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis by Alan Jacobs by Jesse Russell

31.1—January/February 2018

In Defense of Prudery

The Wisdom of the Victorian Quest for Innocence by David Sandifer

30.6—Nov/Dec 2017

The Messiah's Beauty

on Benedict XVI on the Fairest of the Sons of Men by Michael Martin De Sapio

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone

00