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Epiphany Blessings

 

 

 

 

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Happy Feast of the Epiphany

Christmas is a time of feasting and celebrating, but also a time of blessings. The Feast of the Epiphany has several special blessings designed for you family and home.

SPECIAL EPIPHANY BLESSINGS

 

Click here to view the special Epiphany blessings from the Roman Ritual described below.

  • EPIPHANY WATER:  The Cathedral has several a plentiful supply of Epiphany Water. There is a special blessing for water on the feast of the Epiphany because of its connection to the celebration of Jesus’ baptism. Epiphany Water is special.  The ancient rite of the blessing of the waters, with its  powerful prayers of exorcism, renders Epiphany Water more spiritually potent than ‘ordinary’ holy water. We hope you will take a vial of this water to keep at home and bless your house and family.
  • BLESSED CHALK: There is a supply of blessed chalk at the Cathedral. There is a long-standing Epiphany tradition of marking churches, homes, schools, and other buildings with a special ‘holy formula’ over the entryway using chalk that has been blessed for this purpose on Epiphany. This formula includes the current year along with the initials C, M, and B in the order shown below.

20 + C + M + B + 17 

The C, M, and B are placed in between the numbers of the current year, with crosses in between each symbol. The three letters have two significations: the invocation Christus Mansionem Benedicat (Christ bless this house), as well as the first initial of the names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

  • BLESSING OF HOMES: Epiphany, including its octave, is the traditional time of year to have your home blessed by a priest. If it isn’t possible to have a priest bless your home, the head of the family household (i.e. the husband/father) can preside over the ceremony as in the above link to the Roman Ritual. After the ritual, mark 20 + C + M + B + 17 over the entryway of the home with chalk.

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