WPC: Beginnings

As twelfth night brings Christmas to a close, today’s Epiphany marks its start for Eastern Orthodox christians…and a spiritual inception for Western Orthodoxy…and for the weekly photo challenge, its ‘beginningnativity & epiphany scene in window of funeral parlour

“were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death”.
T S Eliot – Journey of the Magi