The glorious Epiphany window faces us in the Anson Chapel, at St Chrysostom’s. The window is part of the outstanding Burlison and Grylls stained glass at St Chrysostom’s.
The Epiphany in story and image celebrates the showing of Christ, the Son of God and Son of Mary, shown to all the nations of the world – represented by the three magi (‘wise men’) who worship and present their gifts.
In the window we see St Joseph in the left hand window with one of the magi, in the centre we see Our Lady seated with Jesus standing on her knee – a relaxed and gentle image. On the right the other two magi offer gifts and worship. Above the scene are a range of angels enriching the worship with music and colour, and higher, above is a glimpse of the worship of heaven in a roundel window of angels.
The window very appropriately is above the tabernacle in the Chapel containing the Reserved Sacrament of the Body of Christ – in which Christ is celebrated among us today.
Speaking of the Feast of the Epiphany in the fifth century pope St Leo the Great reminds us that the Epiphany begun at the visit of the magi continues and we are encouraged to be part of it:
This is the day which David sang of in the psalms: ‘All the nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord, and glorify your name;’ and again, ‘The Lord has made his salvation known; in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.’
This indeed we know to be taking place ever since the three magi were called from their far-off land and were led by the star to recognise and worship the king of heaven and earth. And surely their worship of him exhorts us to imitation; that, as far as we can, we should be at the service of this grace which invites all to Christ.
You ought to help one another, dearly beloved, in this zeal, so that in the kingdom of God, which is reached by right faith and good works, you may shine as children of the light, through our Lord Jesus Christ…