Thursday, January 7, 2010

Epiphany a joy for two Rochester congregations

Michael Laver of Rochester and his son Benjamin, 21 months, light candles at the celebration of the Epiphany at St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church. Laver’s wife, Annie, is the church’s organist.

Michael Laver of Rochester and his son Benjamin, 21 months, light candles at the celebration of the Epiphany at St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church. Laver’s wife, Annie, is the church’s organist. (JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer)


Democrat & Chronicle
Jan 7, 2010

by Stephanie Veale
Staff writer

A group of congregants from two Episcopal churches gathered downtown Wednesday night to celebrate Epiphany.

The holiday, celebrated each year on Jan. 6, marks the day Christians believe the three wise men first saw baby Jesus. Epiphany is also the 12th day of Christmas and officially wraps up the Christmas season.

About two dozen people from St. Stephen Episcopal Church on Chili Avenue and St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church on South Fitzhugh Street met for a short worship service and potluck supper at St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene — or "Two Saints," as the church is known.

Children also made paper crowns — in the spirit of the three kings — out of construction paper.

Cheryl Frank of Brighton, a member of Two Saints, brought her daughters Joanna, 3, and Helen, 6. Epiphany is one of her favorite holidays, she said, because it reminds her of the beginning of the New Orleans Carnival season.

Frank was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. After the storm, she moved back to the Rochester area, having previously completed her graduate work at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank, an organist, plays for another church but attends services at Two Saints.

"It's a diverse congregation, so it feels more like New Orleans than Brighton, for example," Frank said.

Annie Laver, the organist for Two Saints, also did her master's at Eastman and is now a doctoral student there. She and her husband, Michael, both attend Two Saints with their 21-month-old son, Benjamin.

Annie Laver likes Epiphany for the story and the music. The celebration Wednesday night also allowed the Lavers to give Benjamin a break from his normal routine.

"The kids get stir-crazy" this time of year, Michael Laver said.

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