St. Francis

 

JOIN OUR EPIPHANY HOME BLESSING

Our administrator, Fr. Sean Maher, has introduced a fascinating ritual to honor Epiphany, the feast that celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.

At Mass, parishioners were given chalk that had been blessed by Fr. Maher. 

It's called "Epiphany Chalk".

 

If you missed out, please stop by the St. Francis Parish office at 115 Wheeler Road  this week for a piece of chalk and copy of the blessing.  You don't have to be a parishioner, we welcome all to bless their homes and their loved ones inside. 

 

Epiphany Chalk is used to write the inscription over (or beside) the door of one's house.  The 20 and 17 signify the year of the Lord and the year of the blessing.   The C, M, B signify both the names of the Magi, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, and an abbreviation of the Latin phrase, "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" (meaning, "May God Bless this House"). 

 

 

The cross signifies the Cross of Christ, the blessing and invocation of the protection of His Precious Blood, and the holiness of the saints.

 

The priest blesses the chalk on Epiphany Day.  Later that day or during the week of Epiphany, at home, a member of the family completes the ceremony by writing the inscription over/beside the door and saying the following prayer.

 

EPIPHANY PRAYER BLESSING

 

 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. 

Let us pray.

 

Hear us, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, and send Thy Holy Angel from Heaven to watch over, cherish, protect, be with, and defend all who live in my house.  I call upon Your Saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, to protect my family and my home from every harm and danger, and I place the marks of their holy names over the doors of my home to remain there as a constant reminder to us and to all who enter here that my house is truly a house of the Lord.

 

O God, make the door of my house wide enough to receive all who need human love and companionship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife.  Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back the tempter's power.

 

O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy eternal Kingdom.  I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son.  Amen.

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