In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. It is sometimes called Three Kings' Day, and in some traditions celebrated as Little Christmas. Moreover, the feast of the Epiphany, in some denominations, also initiates the liturgical season of Epiphanytide.
Eastern Christians, on the other hand, commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. The spot marked by Qasr el Yahud in the West Bank, and Al-Maghtas in Jordan on the east bank, is considered to be the original site of the baptism of Jesus and the ministry of John the Baptist.
The traditional date for the feast is January 6. However, since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday after January 1. Those Eastern Churches which are still following the Julian calendar observe the feast on what, according to the internationally used Gregorian calendar, is January 19, because of the current 13-day difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
In many Western Christian Churches, the eve of the feast is celebrated as Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve).The Monday after Epiphany is known as Plough Monday.
New Year 2021
May we take this opportunity to wish all of our customers past and present as well as all site visitors a healthy and Happy New Year. 2020 was a difficult year for most people with the pandemic, which is still upon us, and we wish you all safety and good health as we begin 2021.
Thank you for your much valued support over this past year and we shall see you all from 4th January onwards, where business shall resume, although in a different way, as experienced by most.
Pax et Bonum +
Christmas Opening Hours
Please see below the opening hours over the festive period.
24th December (Christmas Eve) - Open 9am to 4pm
25th December (Christmas Day) - Closed
26th December (Boxing Day) - Closed
27th-28th December - Closed
29th December - Open 9am to 5pm
30th December - Open 9am to 5pm
31st December (New Year's Eve) - Closed
1st January 2021 (New Year's Day - Closed
2nd January - Closed
3rd January - Closed
4th January onwards - Open as usual 9am to 6pm
Email contact is still available throughout the holiday period and we will be glad to answer your enquiries when the office and workshop are closed.
Advent 2020 starts on Sunday, November 29, 2020 and ends on Thursday, December 24th 2020
Advent is the name of the season in which Christians prepare for the celebration that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin phrase "Adventus Domini", meaning arrival of the Lord.
The Advent season is of variable length, and the start date changes every year. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day (also known as Advent Sunday and First Sunday of Advent), which can fall between November 27 and December 3, and always ends on Christmas Eve.
Common customs observed in churches and at home during Advent are the decoration of the house with an Advent wreath adorned with candles and the keeping of an Advent calendar.
We have all the products you will need for the Season of Advent, both for church and for home. See our Advent pages for a range of products now and get your Advent order placed for quick delivery.
Over the past months we have been working on this upgraded version of our website, having used and relied on the previous version for over 11 years.
This new site sees and increase in the number of products and options available, newly added products, reduced pricing to some items as well as a better browsing experience altogether.
You will also notice a better browsing and shopping experience.
You will see many changes in our newly designed website including:
A better reflection of our organisation. A more professional site that is loaded with useful information. This new site highlights our products and services better and the layout looks harmonious and consistent.
Responsive & Mobile Friendly
The UK is now a smartphone society. We are all spending two hours online on our smartphones every day; twice as long as laptops and PCs. If you factor that fact with Google’s April 21st 2015 mobile-friendly, our website provides a better platform for mobile browsing with a responsive design.
This new design platform allows our website to flex and adapt to the size of the screen it’s being viewed on. Someone opening our site on a small smartphone could be shown on the same site as the person opening it on their laptop etc.
Technique & Coding
Our website is browser compatible and our source code valid (HTML and CSS)
You will see a range of new photos depicting our products and services as well as attractive and often interactive backgrounds.
The images accurately reflect the business message
So we hope that you enjoy browsing this new platform and find what you require with ease
Please note that you may need to adjust your screen viewing % settings to get the best viewing results - 80% seems to be the usual for most PC screens to view the site to full potential.
Thank you for visiting!
NEW PRIESTS ORDAINED AT ST ASAPH CATHEDRAL
The Bishop of St Asaph has ordained nine new priests in a closed service at St Asaph Cathedral on 3rd October 2020. North East Church Supplies were delighted to supply the vestments for one of the ordinands.
The service, which was live streamed to family, friends, and clergy, was conducted wearing face masks and visors and adhering to strict social distancing.
Plans to permit each candidate to bring three “supporters” to the service had to be abandoned after the Welsh Government announced a local lockdown in four counties across north Wales (Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham).
Among the newly ordained was The Rev James Tout. James has been a valued customer of ours and, ahead of his Priestly Ordination, purchased a full set of Semi Gothic, velvet Y orphrey, damask chasubles. He can be seen here wearing the cream damask set for ordination.
James, 32, the former Director of Science and Associate Assistant Headteacher at the Marches School in Oswestry, now Director of the Llan Project in Bangor Diocese, is continuing to serve as assistant curate in the Wrexham Mission Area
Our congratulations and prayers are with James for a fulfilling ministry and our sincere thanks for your business and continued support +