Three Kings Day, also known as the Epiphany, is today. The holiday celebrates the biblical adoration of Baby Jesus by the Three Kings, also commonly called Wise Men or Magi. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Diversity Committee at Xavier, chaired by faculty member Jim Royce ’99, put together a video with Xavier students Allesandro Fernandez ’22, Gabe Panora ’24, Ramon Guzman-Toro ’24, and Juan Pacheco-O’Donnell ’24 talking about their family traditions for Three Kings Day. Three Kings Day can involve gifts, meals, church services, praying, plays depicting the events of the day, parades.
Panora, talking about what his family experienced in its native country, called it Christmas, Holloween and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade all mashed together. He spoke of a parade, candy and toys being given, church songs, praying the gospel.
In the spirt of giving, Xavier is partnering with Mercy to collect new socks for the homeless. As Royce noted in the video, “As we have heard, the idea of giving is at the heart of Three Kings Day. This year let’s celebrate as a school community by giving a gift to those most in need. New socks are the item homeless shelters request the most. As we are in the cold winter months, imagine how appreciated a pair of socks would be by the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Today through Jan. 21 students are asked to bring in a new pair of socks to Room 214 before or after school. View the Three Kings Day video HERE.