Blessing of the Home for Epiphany
This is a blessing of the home and inscription of the initials of the three Magi above the main entrance door. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. In the United States it is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.
Leader: Peace be to this house.
All: And to all who live here. (Sprinkle Holy Water on the entrance door and in other rooms if desired.)
Leader: From the East came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord. They offered precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Leader: Our Father. . . And lead us not into temptation
All: But deliver us from evil.
Leader: Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star on this day manifested Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know You by faith may also attain the vision of Your glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.
Leader: Be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for your light has come! The glory of the Lord has risen upon you—Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.
All: The Gentiles shall walk in your light and kings in the splendor of your rising! The glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
Leader: Let us pray. Lord God almighty, bless this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Your law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. May this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who live here. Through Christ our Lord.
The initials of the Magi are inscribed above the entrance door with the blessed chalk. (The initials, C, M, B, can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat” which means “Christ bless this house”.)
Example: 20 + C + M + B + 20