|Posted by communications on January 6, 2021 at 1:45 PM|
Peace be to this house, and to all who dwell in it.
Yesterday was the Feast of the Epiphany. An epiphany is an “A-ha!” moment, and throughout the season of Epiphany, we will examine various “A-ha!” moments about Jesus that occur throughout the Gospels, starting with his baptism this coming Sunday.
The Church has an old tradition of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week following. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows. In this time when many of us are spending a great deal of time at home, don’t you think our houses need a little extra blessing this year?
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write on or above the home’s entryway:
20 + C + M + B + 21
The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2021 is the year. If you cannot access the top of the door or entryway, find a brick you can reach or even the steps or sidewalk out front. After using the chalk, pray with these words:
Visit, O God, this home with the gladness of your presence.
Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love,
and grant that we may manifest your love to all whose lives we touch.
May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you.
As you guided the magi to Christ with the light of a star,
guide, comfort, and strengthen us, and preserve us in peace, now and forever. Amen.
If you try an Epiphany house blessing this year, snap a photo and email it to me! I’d love to see yours. May your home be a place of blessing for you, so that you may be a blessing to others this year!
Yours in Christ,
P.S. The above words were written prior to the troubling events of January 6, 2021. I enourage you, as you do your Epiphany House Blessings, to also include a prayer for our nation, that this country might be a home where peace, prosperity, and integrity can dwell once and for all.