There is a beautiful Catholic practice of having a home blessed on the Feast of Epiphany. Wonderful way to start the year off as we continue the celebration of Christmas.
Epiphany is celebrated this year liturgically on Sunday, January 8, 2017, with the traditional date being January 6th (the end of the “12 Days of Christmas”). There is a specific blessing calling to mind the 3 Magi, the gifts they brought–well, you’ll see, when you print off the below!
The blessing truly brings CHRISTMAS to your home in a way that reminds everyone who enters that the world changed in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
If a priest or deacon can do the blessing–it’s the best!
But the Church also has a rite for the blessing of the home by a layperson. The Father is the obvious person to lead the blessing.
What do you need? Just three things:
- Holy Water (get it at your parish)
- Chalk (get it blessed by your priest if he can’t come himself)
- Every person who lives in the house (the Rite for Blessing Homes specifically states that a home should NOT be blessed unless those who live in it are present)
Print this out (it’s from a past year–so replace “15” with “17,” get your stuff, gather the family, and bless your house before the end of the Christmas Season (which ends in 2017 on January 9th).
Click here to print off the blessing and how to do it.
NOTE: the Easter Season is also a traditional time to get the home blessed…so don’t despair if you miss it this Christmas Season. Easter is muuuuuuch longer.
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