Epiphany 2017: A camel was spotted in Southside Birmingham tonight

Epiphany Eve tradition at St. Mary’s on the Highlands involves a special visitor – a camel

It was spotted behind Dave’s Pub and across from the Mellow Mushroom parking lot.  There it stood.

A camel.

Tomorrow is Epiphany, and per tradition, St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church held their annual Epiphany Eve service with a camel and three wise men.

Along with the camel, the church lit a fire fueled from Christmas greenery, held a service and communion inside the church and handed out chalk and prayer cards to parishioners to perform the “chalking the door” blessing at their homes for Epiphany.

A beautiful and inspirational evening, complete with fire, wise men and a camel.


  • The author of this article is a member of St. Mary’s on the Highlands
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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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