The Epiphany of the Lord is a traditional day to bless your home.

As someone prays the blessing, mark the lintel or crossbeam over the inside front door with chalk, writing:

20 + C + M + B + 17

                The inscription contains the initial of the Three Wise Men: Casper, Melchior and Balthazar within our new year of 2017.

Here is the blessing: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. As we mark this lintel, send the angel of mercy to guard our home and repel all the powers of darkness. Fill all who live here with a love of the gospel life and warm them with the fullness of your grace. And so Father, may all who dwell here or grace its portals with their presence, find the joy and thoughtfulness of Mary, the God-bearer together with Jesus, the light of the nations, in the unity of the Holy Spirit and the Church, now and forever, Amen.”

All who enter your home this year and pass under that chalked blessing are blessed with peace and all that is good.

Blessed Chalk will be available to pick up at this weekend’s Masses