Sung Mass with Blessing of Chalk for the Feast of the Epiphany: January 6, 2022 at 7:00pm
Merry Christmas! As I like to tell children, the good news of Christmas is such great and joyful news, it takes longer than one day to celebrate it. That is why we have twelve days of Christmas. (Although after Epiphany, I will say something about forty days leading up to the purification / presentation – but that’s for later).
And guess what?! When the 12 days are over, we are not finished. January 5 is the 12th day of Christmas, and then, January 6, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. This is one of the 7 principal feasts in the Episcopal Church – one that is not meant to be skipped over or just moved to a Sunday. Epiphany is always January 6, and we are “much obliged” to give God thanks for the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.
We hope you will join us and the three kings who will make an appearance at this service. We will begin with a procession with a station at the crèche. At the end of the service, we will bless chalk for the annual blessing of your home: 20+C+M+B+22. This is a simple prayer asking God to bless your home for 2022. Some instruction concerning the tradition of blessing of homes with blessed chalk is below.
Instructions for Blessing the Home
Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 22 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and twenty-two years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen
Then offer the following prayer:
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 may 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 Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does, we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the words, “May Christ bless the house.”
**There is a tradition in the church for the priest to visit and bless homes. If you would like your home to be blessed, please contact the office to schedule a time for Fr. Thompson or Fr. Steeves to bless your home **