Epiphany is January 6, 2021
It has been tradition for many centuries to bless the home at Epiphany, to celebrate a new year, and to ask God’s blessing upon those who live, work, or visit in the coming year. It celebrates the deliverance of the Israelites at Passover, and the visit of the wise men at the Epiphany.
In this season of pandemic when so many of us are experiencing our homes in new, beautiful and sometimes challenging ways, may this sacred pause give us an opportunity to remember God’s presence with us and to ask for God’s blessing.
We invite you to pick up some blessed chalk by our fence in front of our graveyard on Princess Anne Street to write the year and words of blessing on the lintel over the entryway to your home. The traditional form is 20 + C + M + B + 20 (the year with the blessing inside). The letters stand for Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the traditional names of the wise men, and also represent the words of blessing: Christus mansionem benedicat, “Christ bless this house.”