There is a tradition on the Feast of the Epiphany for the faithful to have their homes blessed. We invite you to adopt this custom in your family. The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in your home, your comings and goings, your conversations, your work and play, your joys and sorrows.
There is an English tradition of using chalk to write the following at the home’s entrance: 20 + C + M + B + 19. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedictat, “May Christ bless this house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2019 is the year.
Click HERE to view/download the instructions for blessing your home.
Please come to the office to pick up chalk that has been blessed for this occasion, or the chalk will be available in the Narthex this weekend.