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What is the difference between Epiphany and Theophany?

"Theophany is a  Greek word. 'Theophania', (Theos - God; phaneia - manifestation) means in literal translation, "Manifestation of God". The literal meaning of Epiphany (Epi - above; phaneia - manifestation) is "Manifestation from above". So, both mean manifestation. In our Orthodox Church, we use the word Theophany to commemorate our Lord's baptism, and the manifestation of the Trinity after His baptism. The word Epiphany is usually used to commemorate all the feasts of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ (Nativity, Circumcision, presentation to the temple...etc).
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