Epiphany Home Blessing

Out of a growing desire to help all homes become places filled with the Holy Spirit and the virtues of the Holy Family, (if all goes as planned) we will have Holy Water bottles and chalk for you to use in your homes to bless them on this Holy Feast Day. (The Holy Water bottles can be refilled at the font in the southeast corner of the church and used to bless beds and children each night.)

Description of the Rite of Blessing:

This ceremony of the blessing of the home and inscription of
the initials of the three Magi above each door can be per-
formed 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. In the dioceses of
the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday
between January 2 and January 8.

Prayer


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 pre-
cious 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 pre-
cious 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 Gen-
tiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may 
also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ 
our Lord. 
All: Amen. 
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. (The initials of the three magi, 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 + 15