The Church of Alexandria inaugurates the Mardi Gras season on the feast of the Epiphany


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On Sunday, the Church of St. Frances Cabrini celebrated the Epiphany which celebrates Jesus Christ and the visit of the Three Kings.

According to the Holy Bible, the Three Wise Men, or Magi, gave Jesus Christ gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh after following the Star of Bethlehem to find it. Epiphany is celebrated on January 6 and is also known as the Day of the Three Kings.

Traditionally, Epiphany brings the Christmas season to a close, said Father Chad Partain, pastor of the church.

Father Chad Partain, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, blesses the kings cakes at an Epiphany feast on Sunday.  The Epiphany celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and the visit of the Three Kings.  The Epiphany closes the Christmas season and inaugurates the Mardi Gras season.

“Part of our custom here in Louisiana is that as we close the Christmas season we enter the Mardi Gras season,” he said.

The traditional burning of the greens, during which parishioners gather Christmas trees and wreaths to burn, followed Mass. Boy Scout Troop 6 lit the fire.

“The burning of the greens is a custom of the Middle Ages where all the greenery used to decorate the church was removed from the church and then blessed and set on fire as a symbol of the light of Christ that shone in the darkness of our lives. in this darkest season of all, ”Partain said.

the "The burning of the Greens" followed the Epiphany Mass celebrated on Sunday at St. Frances Cabrini Church.  Christmas trees and wreaths were burned, symbolizing the light of Jesus coming into the world.  Boy Scout Troop 6 helped light the greens on fire.  Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, the twelfth night of Christmas.

On the feast of Epiphany, the queen’s soup was served in honor of the royalty of the local Mardi Gras brotherhoods that were recognized during the celebration.

The soup, Partain said, has its origins in New Orleans, where the soup was originally made for Rex’s Queen and served on the Twelfth Night.

“And tonight we’re serving this soup at the start of the Mardi Gras season,” he said.

Partain also blessed the Cakes of the Kings which are so called because of the Three Wise Men. Mardi Gras is March 1st. King Cakes are served during the Mardi Gras season and before the Lent season which begins on March 2.

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