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The Blessing of Homes on the Solemnity of the Epiphany

January 6, 2022

The Blessing of Homes on the Solemnity of the Epiphany 

The custom of blessing homes on the Epiphany developed because the feast commemorates the time the Magi visited the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Traditionally, after the blessing, the initials of the three Magi’s names were written in chalk on the lintel above the front door.  The series of numbers, letters and crosses will read as follows: 

 

20+C+M+B+22 

 

The letters have two meanings.  They are the initials of the traditional names of the Magi; Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means “May Christ Bless this Home.”  The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, as well as the purpose of the blessing.  The crosses represent Christ, whom we invoke.  The inscription is made above the front door, so that all who enter and depart this year may enjoy God’s blessing.  The inscription is made of chalk, a product of clay, which recalls the human nature taken by God’s Eternal Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, which we celebrate during this Christmastide.  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 Blessing
 

Lord Jesus Christ, 

The three Magi presented their gifts 

To You in praise and adoration: 

Grant that those living in this house 

May use their talents and abilities to Your greater glory. 

We pray, 

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven…” 

Lord God of heaven and earth, 

You revealed your only begotten Son 

To every nation by the guidance of a star. 

Bless this house and all who inhabit it. 

Fill them with the light of Christ, 

That their concern for others 

May reflect your love. 

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen. 

"The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only

when God lays His head against us." -- Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church  •  144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506

740-453-3301  •  parish@saintthomaszanesville.org

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506

740-453-3301

parish@saintthomaszanesville.org

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