Nothing to do with that rather pleasing bit of Delius, but I wondered if this was in fact the first sighting of Hot Cross Buns in the UK this year?.
I found them yesterday evening, 10th January, at the Co-op in Bourton-on-the-Water, where the promotion stand was right beside the reduced price Christmas puddings etc.
It would suggest that my "when to celebrate Epiphany" dilemma is nothing but self-indulgence. Let's leap straight from birth to crucifixion, because that's the way of the shopping basket.
I'm wondering (with maybe half a grain of seriousness) if there's scope for some sort of "fresh expression of church" based entirely around the retail calendar, with foodie stations scattered around the store, and through the year. After all, these reminders of Good Friday are the very first thing shoppers encounter as they go through the supermarket doors. Maybe I ought to approach the Co-op with a suggestion that their display includes an explanation of the cross...