Epiphany Blessing of the Home – January 6-13
20 + C + M + B + 20 (20 + Caspar + Melchior + Balthazar + 20). This holy inscription is placed over each door in the house – beginning with the main entrance door. This is to obtain the notice of the Three Wise Men, and to remind us of their prayers and protection. The Three Wise Men traveled great distances, in heat and cold, over mountains and deserts, amidst every danger. We, too, “travel” much through the doorways of our homes, and we, too, travel great and dangerous distances, and are exposed to every danger that can be thought of. The travels of the Wise Men, and the dangers that faced them with each new day did not stop them until they reached the place where they found the Child with Mary His Mother. The Epiphany Blessing is an act of Faith and must never be looked upon as an act of superstition that is – in itself – to bring protection. By our act of Faith, we ask the Three Wise Men to lead us safely across the line of THE YEAR OF OUR LORD – 2020. We ask them, also, to lead us in safety until we reach the place where we shall find Him. Our faith must cause us to believe that God’s Holy Angel, when he sees the holy inscription over our door, will stand guard over our home and protect it. Our faith must ever be constant, so that his protection remains strong and constant. Call to mind how, when the Kings sought certitude, they turned to human reassurance and human counsel. At their arrival at Jerusalem they sought human help. In so doing they lost divine guidance. In their demand for natural evidence, they were punished by the withdrawal of the heavenly sign. When they finally left Herod and stopped looking for human guidance, the star again went before them until it stood over the place where the Child was. Only after dependence on the providence of God was re-established did the star reappear, to lead them safely to their final destination. So must it be with us as we step into the troublesome Year of Our Lord 2020. We must not fear the thunder that is shaking our earth! We must not fear cold, or hunger, or poverty, or martyrdom, or death! We must not go forth in answer to every voice that calls to us from the depths of the desert, and when they tell us He is in the inner chamber – we must not believe it. God’s holy Angel will stand guard, and together with the saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, will lead us in safety until we reach the place where we will find Him together with His Mother and the great St. Joseph.
The blessing with the chalk should be done on the Epiphany, or any day within the Octave of the Feast of the Epiphany. The ceremony is completed by the father or senior member of the family. The prayer is prayed once at the main entrance of the house. All family members should be present, and should accompany the father as he goes from door to door – everyone keeping a respectful silence – or better, reciting the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
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 home. 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 home the gateway to Thy Eternal Kingdom. I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.This blessing of the home and inscription of the initials of the three Magi above each door can be performed either by a priest or the father of the family on Sunday, January 6, or as late as Sunday, January 13. Blessed chalk is available in the gift shop.
On entering the home
Priest, if present, or father of the family says: Peace be to this house.
All: And to all who dwell herein. From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
All pray the Magnificat: My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
(During the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. After this is completed)
All: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and
opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.
Priest or father of the family: Recite the Our Father…And lead us not into temptation
All: But deliver us from evil.
Priest or father of the family: All they from Saba shall come
All: Bringing gold and frankincense.
Priest or father of the family: O Lord, hear my prayer.
All: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Priest or father of the family: Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.
Priest or father of the family: 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.
Priest or father of the family: 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 Ghost. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.
After the prayers of the blessing are recited, each room of the home is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. The initials of the Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, are inscribed above the doors with the blessed chalk. (Example: 20 + C + M + B + 20)