The word ‘epiphany’ is a Greek word meaning ‘manifestation’. The Magi, the three kings of the orient, recognised Jesus as the Son of God, the King of Kings, and the Light of the world, and they came to worship him, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Let us have the courage to follow the light of the star as the three wise men did.
We are all on a journey of discovery in search for the truth and in search for a person we can entrust ourselves to.
Let us place our trust in God today, to take us out of this world of darkness into light, for I believe He will come and save us soon.
I learned today from my priest, Fr Tony, of a tradition celebrated by many families around the world for the epiphany - the house blessing with chalk. His grandma used to do this at all of her children's houses every year.
Using chalk, write "20+C+M+B+22" on the outside of your house or inside above the front door, or somewhere near the entrance.
20 + C + M + B + 22
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 “+” represent the cross and 2022 is the year.
Using chalk, write on the outside of your house or inside above the front main entrance, above or next to an entrance:
20 + C + M + B + 22
Then say the following prayer:
"Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here and all who visit. May we be blessed with health, kindness of heart, gentleness and the keeping of your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Although I feel that the world is a very dark place to live in now, I live in daily hope that light is being shed on the evil that continues to plague the people.
Keep the faith. Stand your ground. Pray and keep praying.
Happy Feast of the Epiphany.