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Royal Music [12-27-20]

We're going to look at a song and a passage. The passage is from Matthew. The song was written by Henry Hopkins, Jr.

First, the song.

This is a song that should never be sung during Advent. It's about an event that took place well after Jesus was born. When we get to Matthew 2, we'll see how it's safe to assume that this event happened when Jesus was between one and two. Probably.

Let's start with Epiphany. Epiphany is the last of the twelve days of Christmas, marking in the liturgical calendar when the Wise Men visited Jesus. Specifically, it celebrates the gift of Jesus for Gentiles, as represented by the Magi.

Typically, in the 1800s, Epiphany marked the day when the Christmas tree

was taken down. On that day, January 6, children received gifts and treats that had been hanging on the tree.

In 1857, Henry Hopkins, Jr. was an ordained