Sunday, January 15, 2017

Celebrating Epiphany

January 6, 2017 - Epiphany of the Lord

And behold the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. - Matt. II, 9, 10 #epiphanyofthelord #wheredidweputtheblessedchalk #hopefullywecangetmoreaftermassonsunday

Manger Scene and Three Kings from Naturally Catholic

The Three Wise Men left a stack of Epiphany gifts under the tree!

Last Sunday, after Mass for the Solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany, Father blessed some chalk for our Blessing of the Home on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated either on January 6 or, according to the decision of the episcopal conference, on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. (source)

The word Epiphany means “manifestation.” As such, the object of the Church on this feast is not only to commemorate the historical arrival of the Magi with their gifts for the new-born King, but moreover to adore the same Christ Who continues to reveal Himself to us today.

It is an ancient custom to bless the home on Epiphany followed by a festive meal. The current year and the legendary initials of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar) are marked above the outside doorway with blessed chalk; crosses are placed between the initials and year: 

20 + C + M + B + 17

The initials C-M-B are also interpreted as the Latin phrase “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means “Christ bless this home!”

Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.