6 January – The Epiphany

Modern Mariology

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Character Calendar

Pictorial Lives of the Saints

La vie des saints 

Our Lady’s Feasts by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy.

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Sermons for Children’s Masses, According to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti.

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

Biblical Text

Matthew 2

Medieval Mariology

Homiliy on the Epiphany by Saint Gregory the Great, Homily by Augustine

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Acta Santorum

Art & Architecture

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Wikipedia Entry on the Adoration of the Magi

A Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Kornbluth Historical Archive

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts by Mrs. Jameson.

The Gospel in Art by Albert Bailey.

Sacred Symbols in Art by Elizabeth Edwards Goldsmith.

“The Magi and the Manger: Imaging Christmas in Ancient Art and Ritual.”

One of the classic articles in medieval art history contextualizes sculptures of the Virgin and Child and how they were used in liturgical dramas starring the Magi. “Magi and Majesty: A Study of Romanesque Sculpture and Liturgical Drama” by Ilene Forsyth (requires registration, but then free to read online; an example of such a statue).

The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral (info and photographs and more photographs, go to the Image Database and search “dreikönigenschrein” in Freitext. There are many pages of images, but they are worth the effort).

Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano.

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi.

Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli.


As with Gladness, Men of Old & We Three Kings (easily found through any streaming service).

The Gloucestershire Wassail

Epiphany Hymn

The Tradition of Epiphany Singers (including a list of special Star Singer songs in German). Here is a Youtube channel of Sternsinger, the children’s aid organization of the Catholic Church in Germany.  Since it takes its name from the custom, it shares many videos of Epiphany songs and other short explanatory videos.

Medieval Music Database – Vigil, Epiphany, Octave

Devotions & Celebrations

Feastday Cookbook

Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon.

Manna for the Soul: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Paulo Segneri.

The Church Seasons Historically and Poetically Illustrated by Alexander H. Grant.

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger.

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner (see also).

Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays, holydays and festivals throughout the ecclesiastical year, to which are added the lives of many saints by Leonard Goffiné (Pustet, 1880) – Vigil, Epiphany.

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays (Benziger, 1896).

The Catholic Pulpit: Containing a Sermon for Every Sunday and Holiday in the Year and for Good Friday (Murphy, 1851).

Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).

Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).

Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).

The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).

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