Sunday, January 5, 2014

Epiphany Blessing

This January our congregation is a doing a sermon series titled "Blessed" throughout the month, which will focus on how as Christians, we are blessed to be, to speak, to hear, and do.  The first Sunday, we will be sending a simple Epiphany Home Blessing home with those who come to worship. 

The word epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning "to show oneself."  The season of Epiphany lasts from January 6 (the tweflth day of Christmas) to Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent), but January 6 is recognized as "Epiphany of our Lord" because that is the the day the three wise men visited baby Jesus and acknowledged that he was the savior the world had been waiting for.  

Since the magi visited baby Jesus in the home they established in Bethlehem, Epiphany is traditionally a day Christians bless their homes, asking Christ to dwell with them in the New Year. 

You can say this prayer to begin: 

God, thank you for the gifts we have received and were able to give to others this Christmas season.  Help us remember that we are blessed to be a blessing wherever we go and to continue the spirit of giving all year long.  Amen. 

Using chalk, write on the outside of your home, above or near an entrance:

+ 20 (first half of current year)                                                                    
+ C
+ B
+ M
+ 14 + (second half of current year)

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The initials C, B, and M are the initials of the three wise men.  All of the digits are connected by plus signs to symbolize how God's blessing went before us and continues into the future as well. 

You can conclude by saying this prayer of blessing:
May Christ bless our home and remain with us through the New Year.  Amen.

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