The Feast of the Epiphany

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Monday 09, January 2012 | Category:  

Epiphany

Closing the end of the 12 Days of Christmas as well as the Christmas Season, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the Wise men coming from afar to bring gifts to Jesus in Bethlehem.

Traditionally, Epiphany is observed by blessing the home (recalling the Magi's visit to Jesus' family), blessing water (especially the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized), exchanging gifts, performing "Magi plays" (to tell the story of Jesus' childhood) and feasting.

In my local parish bulletin there was a special section devote to the blessing of the home. You might have to ask your parish if they have blessed chalk. Using the blessed chalk you mark the entrance of your door with the Year (2012) separated by the inscription CMB, the initials for Casper, Melchoir, and Balthasar, the names of the three Magi. The inscription should look something like this: 20+CMB+12 with the Cross of Christ in between. While inscribing this upon the doorway this short prayer may be used to bless your home:

In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill them with the light of Christ, that their concern for others may reflect your love. (With the chalk write the inscription above the door) May your blessing remain always in this home and on those who live here. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen

As we close out the season of Christmas and begin anew, let's celebrate the gifts that we have been given and like the Magi let us offer to live justly, be generous, and offer all we can to God and others. 



Reprinted with permission from PrepareTheWord.com. ©TrueQuest Communications.

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