Blessed Feast of the Epiphany!
In the United States, Epiphany is celebrated on the Sunday closest to January 6, which used to be the traditional date of the feast. So for us today is Epiphany, the day we will use our blessed chalk and holy water as we pray with our families that God will bless our homes in the coming year! Links to CatholicCulture.org’s prayers are below:
- Epiphany Chalk: If you didn’t get your priest to bless your chalk, you can use this prayer yourselves that has historically been used to bless the Epiphany chalk.
- Home Blessing Prayers & Ceremony: When you have completed the prayers of your home blessing ceremony, you will sprinkle the rooms of your home with holy water. After that you will write the numerals of the new year and the initials of the three Wise Men (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar) above your front door with the chalk, like this: 20+C+M+B+14. I was fascinated to learn that the letters “CMB” also stand for the Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat,” or, “May Christ bless this house.” (If you would like to see some photos of a door with the year and initials written on it, you can find them here at CatholicIcing.)
I hope that the last day of the Christmas Season finds your family filled with joy and resolutions to keep the year of 2014 your holiest year yet. May Christ bless the homes and families of each one of you dear readers!
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