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Confirmation P1 FAMILY GATHERS January 2018

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January 1-8, 2018 falls in the liturgical season of Christmas Time and January 19-31, 2018 is a return to the season of Ordinary Time. This shorter of two Ordinary Time seasons and allows us time to move from Christmas into the season of Lent. The first month of the year gets its name from the Roman god Janus, whose name means gate. Janus has two faces. One looks behind, the other ahead. January is a month in which we look back in time and look ahead. January is also the month of Epiphany which is usually celebrated on the first Sunday (Lord’s Day) of the year. A Greek name for Epiphany is ta phota, which means “lights”. It was Advent during most of December, when the days got as short as they can get. But now the light is growing. That’s something hopeful to keep in mind. Even in the dead of winter, spring is on its way. 

Did you know every year the friars of St. Mary’s on the Feast of the Epiphany bless our church? Instead of a family meal, this month you are asked to adopt this custom of blessing in your family. Your family will gather to ask God’s blessing on your home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in your home, your comings and goings, your conversations, your work and play, our joys and sorrows. The traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above your house’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year. Below is the blessing outline for you to follow.

Blessing the Chalk
Leader. Our help is the name of the Lord:
Response. The maker of heaven and earth.
Leader. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
Response. From this time forth for evermore.

Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 + 18 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human over two thousand 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
Confirmation P1 Family Gathers January 2018
Your first name*
Your last name*
Your regular meeting time (7PM Tuesdays or 6:00PM or 7:45PM Sundays)*
What was the date of your house blessing?*
Where in your house did you write 20+C+M+B+18?*
Who led the prayer?*
Did your family know about the Epiphany blessing tradition?*
How did your family feel about doing it at your house?*
Do you think you would do it again next year? Why or why not?*
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