Ordinary Time I: The Season after Epiphany
Epiphany is celebrated traditionally on January 6 or on the Sunday closest to this date. In the Eastern church, this is the date associated with the celebration of Christ's birth. In the West, the feast has a double theme: the visit of the three Magi or "Wise Men" who brought gifts to the infant Jesus, and the "manifestation" (epiphaneia in Greek) of Christ's Good News (Gospel).
The first Sunday after the Epiphany is the Baptism of Christ—an observance of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River and a time to remember our own baptism into the Body of Christ. The remaining Sundays until Ash Wednesday are part of Ordinary Time—a season that serves as a bridge between the major seasons of the Church Year, in this case, between Christmas and Lent. The traditional color of Ordinary Time is green, a symbol of spiritual growth.