Epiphany of the Lord
The Feast of The Epiphany celebrates the Magi coming to the home of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. As we celebrate we pray for blessings on our own homes and all those of our parish asking God's blessing on them and those who live in or visit them. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk, blessed during the Epiphany liturgy, to write above the home's entry way, 20 + C + M + B + 20. The letters, C, M, B have two meanings; they are the initials of the traditional names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. The also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, "May Christ bless the house." The "+" signs represent the Cross and 2020 is the year.
We will bless chalk at all Masses on Sunday, January 5th, The Feast of Epiphany, and invite all to take a piece and mark their homes as they say ap prayer of blessing.
These prayers are used in our parish at a blessing of a home:
- Loving God, visit our home. May there be no evil here. May your holy angels dwell here and keep all who live here in peace. May You bless us evermore. Amen.
- God of heaven and earth, You revealed your only Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this home and all who live in it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ who dwells among us. Amen.
- Loving God, may all who come to our homes this year rejoice to find the love of Christ here; and may we seek and serve, in eveyone we meet, the same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen