Christmas and Epiphany

Two lovely traditions for Christmas and Epiphany which have a lovely place in the home

The Nativity Scene

The Christmas Crib scene is not just a pretty decoration amidst the tinself but can become a shrine in our home, a focal point for prayer as we contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation.

Lord God, you bless the world with the gift of your Son, who fills the world with light and life. As we rejoice in the mystery of his birth, may the song of angels and the worship of the shepherds, the love of Mary and the dedication of Joseph, bring us closer to the knowledge of our Saviour’s love and help us discern his presence in our lives, for he is Lord for ever and ever.  Amen.

Epiphany blessing of homes

The Blessing of Chalk is a traditional custom, reminding us that Christ is incarnate in the love we offer to one another in our daily lives.

As the Magi came in search of the light of Christ and were welcomed by the Holy Family into the house, so we welcome all who come in the Lord’s name, praying that our homes may be protected from darkness and be filled with the light of Christ and the warmth of his Spirit.

The lintel of the main door of the house (and any other door if you wish) is marked by a member of the household in the following way:

20 + C + M + B + (year)

          The three Wise Men

          C        Caspar

          M       Melchior

          B        and Balthasar

                    followed the starwhich led them to Christ.

          20       Two thousand

          …        and … years ago.

          ++      May Christ bless our home

          ++      and remain with us through the new year.

 God our Father, bless us as we gather here at the doorway of our home.    Protect us from darkness and fill us with the grace of Christ who calls us to welcome all who come in his name. We ask this through Jesus the Lord.  Amen.

The letters CMB also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the dwelling.”

These and other resources can be found in the Church in Wales’ Times and Seasons material for Advent to Candlemas.

“Protect us from darkness and fill us with the grace of Christ”

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