From your Pastor

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord. The Epiphany is celebrated on the 6th of January (or the nearest Sunday) – twelve days after Christmas. Blessed chalk will be available to inscribe the traditional blessing above the doors of your homes:

20 + C + M + B + 19

The numbers represent the new year. The initials C, M, and B share a twofold meaning. They are the initials for the traditional names attributed to the three Magi—Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar—but they also stand for the Latin phrase, “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,” which means “Christ bless this house.” Accompanying the inscription is a rite of blessing that can either be led by a priest or by the father/head of the household. Through this rite we ask for the blessing of God to come down upon us and upon all whom we hold dear.

May God bless our homes and our families today and throughout the new year!

Epiphany House Blessing

Leader: In the + name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

R: Amen

L: Let us Pray: Christ, bless this house [Christus Mansionem Benedicat]

R: Amen

L: With chalk we sign this doorway along with four crosses of the seasons and the numerals of the new year.

20 + C + M + B + 19

Reader: A Reading from the Letter to the Galatians:

So then, while there is time,