HAVANA, January 8. The National Sanctuary of San Lázaro, popularly known as El Rincón, received the Three Wise Men of the East on January 5.“The house of San Lazaro was filled with childhood and joy on the day of the Epiphany of the Lord, a moment in which the church celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Nations in the persons of the Three Wise Men,” the institution said in its profile. Facebook where they left images of the magical visit.
“The Gospel (St. Matthew chapter 2, verses 1 to 12) presents us with characters known as the Three Wise Men, also called wise men, who left behind their land of origin and their culture to go out to meet the one about whom the prophecies spoke. : a king who would save the world and who would govern with justice, returning hope to humanity,” they said from the church of El Rincón.
Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar are known in Christian tradition as the Three Wise Men, but they were actually learned priests in the Ancient East.
The story goes that when Jesus was born the kings brought him valuable gifts. I pray to Christ because he would be King; incense to celebrate the divine side of him; and myrrh because there was a prophecy in which he was seen dying young, and that element was used to embalm the bodies of important people in those times.
The Christian tradition strengthened respect, affection and enthusiasm over the centuries with the arrival of the Three Wise Men, loaded with messages of love and peace for children and also wonderful gifts that the little ones at home eagerly awaited.
In Cuba, the communist regime put an end to that tradition and many generations grew up without receiving gifts on Three Kings Day. However, in recent years the tradition has resurfaced.
Three Kings Day is celebrated every January 6 but the parade takes place on the afternoon of January 5. In Cuba, the tradition of this celebration is not widespread but more and more people are joining, even though many Cubans will not be able to buy gifts for their children that day.
This year, numerous communities managed to organize Three Kings parades and bring a message of peace and brotherhood in the midst of deprivation. Among them was the Cienfuegos parade with massive participation and that of the Diocese of Santa Clara, where children were also able to take fun photos with these iconic characters.