Sunday, January 3, 2021
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country another way.” Matthew 2:10-12
The roots of the modern- day Epiphany are many. In the Catholic tradition, we observe Epiphany as the day the three kings visited Jesus and acknowledged Him as the savior the world had been waiting for. Tradition gives them the names Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar. We know that they were scientists who studied astronomy, math and probably medicine. They were aware of the prophecies of the birth of God’s Son and the salvation that He would bring to the world. They looked for a sign of the Messiah’s birth in the stars. When the brightest star they had ever seen appeared in the sky, the kinds knew that they had to follow it to find the Son of God.
Prayer for Epiphany
A bright star guided the three kings to a place where Jesus was born. The kings were very happy to see the new baby and they gave gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On this Epiphany day, we are thankful for the gifts we received and were able to give to others this holiday season. We ask that in the days ahead, we remember others and continue the spirit of giving all year long. Amen
EPHIPHANY BLESSING OF A HOME
Using chalk, the head of the household writes above the front door on the outside of the house, or
above an entrance on the inside of the house:
20 + C + M + B + 21
While writing above the entrance, the following prayer is said:
Lord our God, bless this household.
May we be blessed with health,
Goodness of heart, gentleness,
And the keeping of your law.
We give thanks to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Now and forever. Amen.
All pray the Our Father