Epiphany Water Available to pick up along with Holy Water and Prayers
Upon the Feast of the Epiphany, Holy Church supplies the faithful with a great gift in the form of a solemn blessing of holy water that is afterwards referred to as Epiphany Water. This form of Holy Water is a powerful sacramental for souls and a great weapon in thwarting the power of Satan and the fallen angels. The ceremonial for the blessing of Epiphany Water resembles in many ways a liturgical hour, and lasts for about 45 minutes with all of the prayers and Psalms prayed in Latin. It begins with the Litany of the Saints. After this the priest performs a specific set of blessings and a particular prayer of exorcism. Soon thereafter the salt and water are exorcised, blessed, and then blended together. The rite of blessing finishes with the Te Deum, a deeply traditional hymn of thanksgiving. The Rite also includes the blessing of chalk. We will have this blessing here at St. Lawrence on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7 PM. The faithful are invited to bring their own water for the blessing and then remain for the blessing. Following the blessing, there is a tradition to use the water and the chalk that are blessed to bless your home. For this, your family gathers to ask God’s blessing on your home and on those who live in or visit the home. The blessing is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in your home, your comings and goings, your conversations, your work and play, your joys and sorrows. During the home blessing, the blessed chalk is used to write above the home’s entrance “20 + C + M + B + 18”. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. First, they are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Second, they also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the Cross and 2018 is the year. The text for the home blessing will be provided after the Blessing of the Epiphany Water.
If you would like to pick up the Blessed Water and a copy of the Prayers, please come to the Rectory Office.