LINCOLN (SNR) – Pius X High School in Lincoln celebrated the Epiphany with an all-school Mass and program Jan. 6.
In a special way, the event celebrated the Epiphany message that Christ revealed himself to all people so that He might be Lord of all.
Eighteen different nationalities make up the student populace at Lincoln’s only Catholic high school. Students from each of these 18 nationalities opened the celebration held in the Bishop Flavin gymnasium by carrying the flag of their family origin in a procession to join the American flag. Father Ramon Decaen, pastor of Cristo Rey Parish for the Spanish-speaking community, celebrated the Mass. Five priests concelebrated, and Father Ryan Kaup, assistant pastor of Cristo Rey and theology teacher at Pius X, preached the homily.
Students read the scriptures and petitions in native languages including Vietnamese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Polish, while English translations were displayed on a projector. Music during and after Mass included hymns sung in Latin, Spanish and German, as well as a song by the Vietnamese Youth Choir and an African spiritual performed by the Pius X men’s choir.
Four performances took place after Mass. Members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Vietnamese Parish performed the Lion Dance, a cultural tradition in China and other Asian countries. Five two-person teams danced to percussion instruments in brightly colored, traditional costumes.
The dance transitioned to a piano solo by 2015 Pius X graduate Hyunseok Kim, an exchange student from Korea, who is studying at the University of Nebraska to be a concert pianist.
Current Pius X junior Joel Enriquez sang a Spanish ballad accompanied on guitar by Pius X choir director Todd Krier. The Lincoln Southeast High School Step Chain concluded the assembly by performing their dance routine fueled by percussion generated through clapping, slapping, and stomping.
Jan Frayser, director of guidance, and her team organized the celebration.
“It was an awesome celebration of the Epiphany and our rich and wonderful diversity at Pius X,” she said.
Ranking among the top 5% of all Catholic high schools in the country, Pius X provides an affordable, Catholic education. Students deepen their faith and knowledge, and have opportunities to pursue their talents and passions. With its largest enrollment ever at 1,225 students, Pius X has served the Lincoln community for 60 years and works to instill six core values: excellence, service, purpose, faith, integrity and charity.