Wednesday, January 6, 2016
366 Project - Day 06 - "Epiphany"
January 06, 2016 - "Epiphany"
Today is Epiphany... or, as some people call it "Three Kings Day".
For many people this day marks the end of the Christmas Season. For Catholics however, the "Christmas Season" doesn't end until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which, this year, falls on Sunday the 10th. That marks the end of Christmas and return to "Ordinary Time".
Traditionally today represents the day that the Magi visited the newborn Christ. It represents the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Kings.
Today is also the day when many Catholics perform a blessing upon their house, which often includes "Chalking the Door".
The main door of the home is marked with the first two numbers of the current year, followed by a cross, then a "C", a cross, "M", a cross, "B", a cross - and finally the last two numbers of the year - all written in chalk.
To some the "C", "M" and "B" stand for the traditional names of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. To others those letters represent the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" - which means "Christ, Bless this house" or "May Christ bless this house".
Holy Water is sprinkled upon the door - and certain prayers are recited, asking for God's blessing and protection... and for all who dwell in or visit the house to feel His presence in their lives.
Then each room of the house is blessed with Holy Water and the recitation of prayers - before returning to the front door to complete the cycle.
So, this morning... after returning home from Mass and prayer, I performed the Epiphany Blessing upon our home. Today's photo is of the area above our front door - with the Epiphany inscription, and a cross made of palm from Palm Sunday.
"Visit, O blessed Lord, 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 many manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Lord, now and forever. Amen."
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