And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
The Feast of the Epiphany is one of my favourites. I have used blessed chalk, as usual, to write the traditional inscription over our front door:
20 + C + M + B + 13
For the new year, 2013, of course.
I think this is a Middle European custom, which I picked up from Latin Mass priests, of the FSSP. The order had its genesis in that part of the world.
Anyway, that is not what I wanted to focus on. What I want to stress is this line from the above text:
They were overjoyed at seeing the star …
Not just joyous but overjoyed. Why were these magi, or court astrologers, so happy? I shall tell you, attentive reader. Because they were scientists and their calculations had been confirmed by experiment. “Ground-truthed”.
I recognise that feeling. Total nerd satisfaction. They could now return to their research institute, their government funding secure for another year.
The door of a rectory in the Czech Republic, marked for 2009: