Welcome to the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, which was erected by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. The Ordinariate currently includes eleven worship communities across Australia.
The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, commemorates the visit of the magi to honor and worship the recently born king of the Jews, Jesus. Traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. Often this feast is moved to the nearest Sunday to January 6. Regardless of the day, this "Twelfth Night" should be a day of feasting and celebration.
Eight hundred years before Jesus birth, Isaiah
foretold His arrival to be “King of the Jews. (see
Isaiah 60:1-6) The shepherds came to worship this
newborn king and Herod the Great saw Him as a threat to
his throne. The Jews expected the birth of a king like
King David, a mighty political ruler and warrior.
So, why is Epiphany called the “gentile Christmas?”
Although the magi may have had ancient Jewish roots tracing back to the exile and time of Daniel they were not Jews. Anyone who was not Jewish was called a “gentile.” So, these wise, gentile scholars came to worship a different type of king than the Jews expected. They recognized that this man was born to a different purpose. He was not simply the king of a particular nation or race of people, but to all people!
Epiphany also commemorates the realization that Jesus is the Son of God. His Kingdom, intended for all people, is everlasting. His is the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.