Saturday, January 5, 2013

Epiphany chalk house blessing

While I haven't set any New Year's resolutions this year, I would like to continue my focus of making faith relevant for the whole family, in the home setting.
Last year, when it was too late for Epiphany, I came across this website for an Epiphany Chalk House Blessing, and will give it a go with the family tomorrow.  Extract follows:

On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer, incense, assigning parts to different members of the household, collect for Epiphany. Many homes are the dwelling for one person – the blessing of a home is equally appropriate… (Continue reading…)

I’m finding the children seem to really enjoy these little rituals and traditions that I’m introducing them to.  I like the idea of blessing the home at the beginning of each year.  I’m posting this before I try it in case anyone else out there in blog-land wants to give it a go too.

Have a happy and blessed 2013 everyone.

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