These regal scents of frankincense and myrrh are inspired by the Epiphany.
Notes of spices, sweetness, powdery amber, woods, and musk.
Behind the Inspiration
The prophet Isaiah foretold that "nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising" (60:3) and that "They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD" (60:6). And in St. Matthew's gospel, we hear of "wise men from the East" who followed the light of a star and sought the newborn King of the Jews.
Braving distance, weather, and uncertainty, these magi did not stop until they found the child, and honored him. Epiphany means "manifestation" and on this feast we celebrate Jesus revealing himself as God to the world. These three kings are considered to be the first Gentiles to believe in Christ, and they represent the various nations of the world.
Befitting such a visit, the wise men brought treasures for the new king. Frankincense, myrrh, and gold were all valuable, but there is also a deeper meaning to each. Various interpretations of the gifts have been explored, particularly by the Church Fathers, popes, and theologians. Frankincense was used in worship and points to the divinity of the child; myrrh was used in embalming and points to Jesus' humanity, passion, and death; and gold symbolizes royalty and his kingship.
The Epiphany is a high point in the Christmas season, and is observed on January 6.
O God, who by the guidance of a star didst manifest thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know thee by faith may also attain the vision of thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
45 hour burn time | 6 oz. candle