The anniversary of a day when the Three Wise Men, with their gold, frankincense and myrrh, were guided by a star in the east to where our Infant God had been born in Bethlehem; a day which, since the darkness of the Middle Ages, has been celebrated throughout Christendom, is surely worthy of honor from a Christian community.

The first commemoration of the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, or as it is known in the church, the Epiphany, was during the reign of Pope Julius L, A. D. 813. At that time Melchoir, Jasper and Balthazar, the three Maji, or Wise Men, were represented as three kings, by certain of the priesthood.

It is fit, therefore, that in a country where holidays have been almost totally abolished by the Puritanic element introduced in its early settlement, that some of the most notable ones should be revived-as consonant with the changing spirit of the age we live in, and among all, no cue is more beautifully appropriate than that of Twelfth Night.


FOURTH FESTIVAL, 1873