Out of a growing desire to help all homes become places filled with the Holy Spirit and the virtues of the Holy Family, we will again have Holy Water bottles and chalk for you to use in your homes to bless them. If you have Holy Water at home, please use that. We purchased fewer holy water bottles this year, because most families have one or more of them.
This ceremony of the blessing of the home and inscription of the initials of the three Magi above each door can be performed either by a priest or the father/head of the family. This is from the book The Twelve Days of Christmas by Elsa Chaney. The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. This year, the Church celebrates on the actual day of Epiphany.
On entering the home, Leader (Father/head of the family): Peace be to this house.All: And to all who dwell herein. All: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
All Pray: The Magnificat (During the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water.)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.
All: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
Leader: Our Father. . . And lead us not into temptation
All: But deliver us from evil.
Leader: All they from Saba shall come
All: Bringing gold and frankincense.
Leader: O Lord, hear my prayer.
All: And let my cry come to You.
Leader: Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.
Leader: Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee—Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary. All: And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light and kings in the splendor of thy rising, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.
Leader: Let us pray. Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
After the prayers of the blessing are recited, each room of the home is sprinkled with Epiphany water. The initials of the Magi are inscribed above the main entrance with the blessed chalk. (C for Caspar, M for Melchior, B for Balthasar, can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" which means "Christ bless this house".)
Example: 20 + C + M + B + 19
(The “20” and “19” indicate 2019. You can just change the 8 to a 9 from last year, by the way.)
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