January 6–King’s Day, Epiphany, Armenian Christmas–Lots of names for this day when the Magi supposedly showed up with gifts for the baby Jesus. Only he was probably close to 2 years old since the Bible said they found him in a house, sitting on Mary’s lap. When the Magi went home, another way instead of going back to tell Herod where they found the baby, the King went into a rant and had all boys, two years of age and younger, killed. Mary, Joseph, and the baby had to flee for their lives, immigrating to Egypt for a few years until Herod was dead. Lots of parallels to today’s rulers and poor people.
The first Sunday of each month is communion and for the past two years, and now beginning the third year, I have been responsible for the setup and cleanup of the elements. Today’s method was by intinction, where everyone comes forward, gets a slip of bread and dunks it in the grape juice. I use a hearty french bread for this so that it does not disintegrate when dunked.
Today I learn that the sacristy sink is out of commission for a number of reasons. The faucet needs new washers and seats and it runs a steady stream of water so has been turned off under the sink. The sink drain needs unclogging, too. So, I could not pour the grape juice from the intinction vessels down the sink but rather back into the bottle from which it was poured. That meant seeking out a funnel with which to pour a steady stream and not make a mess because, as previously stated, there is no water to clean up any messes. I looked all over the church kitchen for a funnel but found nothing. When I got back to the sacristy, I check a cabinet and there was a funnel. It was even labeled, Communion Use only. Leave in sacristy. Hah. Someone had the problem before me. It was an epiphany!