The bible says they came from “the east” to bring gifts for baby Jesus. Traditionally they were three kings of different nationalities, and they called them the Magi. There is so much mystery surrounding the story of the Three Kings. Who were they? Where did they come from? What relation did they have to each other?
I first noticed the three of them at our church sitting together. They seemed to come out of nowhere. They were very mysterious to me, and I thought it odd that they seemed to know each other, and decided to attend together. They were three distinct nationalities; Black, Filipino, and Caucasian. Witnessing the presence of the three woman, an immediate spirit came over me, and I had visions of the Magi. I knew that they were sent by The Lord.
I recently did some research on the Three Kings, and found a website explaining this Filipino tradition:
For Centuries, the magical bearers of gifts for Filipino children were the Three Kings, not Santa Claus. Shoes were brightly polished and left on the window sills with the cleanest socks, fresh from the laundry. The children knew that the Three Kings, on their way to Bethlehem, would pass by their homes to fill their shoes and socks with gifts. Some would thoughtfully leave some straw or dry grass for the camels; if these were gone in the morning, surely the camels must have been terribly hungry.
The Feast of the Three Kings (Araw ng Tatlong Hari) is celebrated on the First Sunday of January. It is also known as the Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the Elderly), the day specially honors senior citizens. The feast is also called “The Epiphany” which commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi.
They were called Melchor, meaning “king of light”, Gaspar, “the white one”, and Balthazar, “the lord of treasure”. In the Middle Ages, Gaspar was depicted young, Melchor as middle-aged, and Balthazar as ancient. They came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In the city of Manila, it has been a tradition for decades for the prestigious club Casino Español to organiza\Three Kings’ parade on January 6 or the first Sunday of January. Dressed in royal robes, the Three Kings ride on stately horses as there are no camels in the Philippines. They parade down the block, and end at the clubhouse where children of the Spanish community await them to receive more Christmas gifts. There are gifts prepared for the poor children and orphans, too.
This feast of the Three Kings marks the official end of the liturgical Christmas of the Philippines.
Source: Pasko by Alejandro and Chorenge
How odd that I would have this vision of Three Kings, and that unbeknown to me, a Filipino tradition was related to the Magi.
Its been over a year now. The three woman continue to bless our church, each bringing and sharing unique, and special gifts that glorify The Lord.
In my mind they are still Three Queen Magi. Thank you for your “presents.”