Reference books define an “epiphany” as a “sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence.” That definition fits the Christian understanding as in the visit of the Magi or Three Kings to the Christ Child. It was an ordinary happening; a child being born, but it was striking in nature as this child was spoken of as “the new-born king.” Suddenly there was a leap of understanding about just who this child was to be. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Epiphany as a Catholic Church around the world. The three kings in this age-old story are a symbol of all nations coming together to pay homage to Jesus Christ. Let us pray that we might do the same.
God of light, shining in darkness,
through a little child, born in Bethlehem,
you open to us the treasure of your grace.
Help us to search
diligently for him,
so that we may
offer our lives to you
with thanksgiving, joy,
through Jesus Christ,
the rising star. Amen.
What does blessing of chalk have to do with Epiphany?
Traditionally chalk has been blessed by Christians on Epiphany to be used as a sacramental, intended for the blessing of homes. If a priest is unable to visit your home at this season, a simple blessing may be given by the head of the household. They are to mark the year and the initials of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar on the lintel of the main door in this way: 20 + C + M + B +16
A Prayer for the Blessing of Your Home
May all who come to our home this year rejoice to
find Christ living among us; and may we seek
and serve, in everyone we meet,
that same Jesus who is Lord,
forever and ever. Amen.
What a great opportunity to teach our children a tradition
of our shared faith and to remind all who enter our homes
that they will be treated as Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed week,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC