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Epiphany House Blessing

December 23, 2019
23 Dec 2019

 

On the Feast of the Epiphany, it is customary to bless your home for the year with chalk blessed during Mass.

Please be sure to pick up a piece of chalk after Mass on the weekend of 4/5  January 2020 and use the Rite below.

 

 

Epiphany House Blessing

 

Leader:            Peace be to this house.

All:      And to all who dwell herein.

Leader:            From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.

During the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water

All:      My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His Name. And His Mercy is from generation unto generations upon them that fear Him. He hath shewed might in His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.

After this is completed:

All:      From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.

Leader:            Our Father …And lead and lead us not into temptation,

All:      But deliver us from evil.

Leader:            All they from Saba shall come

All:      Bringing gold and frankincense.

Leader:            O Lord, hear my prayer.

All:      And let my cry come unto Thee.

Leader:            Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen.

Leader:            Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee– Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.

All:      And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light and kings in the splendor of thy rising, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.

Leader:            Let us pray. Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen

After the prayers of the blessing are recited, walk through the house and bless each room by sprinkling with holy water.

Take the blessed chalk and first write the initials of the three Wise Men, connected with Crosses, over the inside of your front door (on the lintel, if possible). Then write the year, breaking up the numbers and the year so that they fall on both sides of the initials. It should look like this, for ex.:

20  C+M+B  20

with the “20 “being the millennium and century, the “C” standing for the first Wise Man, Caspar, the “M” standing for Melchior, the “B” standing for Balthasar, and the “20” standing for the decade and year. It is also popularly believed that the Kings’ initials also stand for “Christus mansionem benedicat” (“Christ bless this house”).

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 1 January

December 19, 2019
19 Dec 2019

Mass Schedule:

Vigil Mass Tuesday, 31 December 2019 6:30 pm

Mass Wednesday, 1 January 2020 10:00 am

There will be NO 12:05 pm Mass Tuesday or Wednesday

 

Prayer in Honor of Mary, Mother of God

Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe, lamp that is never extinguished, crown of virginity, support of the true faith, indestructible temple, dwelling of him whom no place can contain, O Mother and Virgin! Through you all the holy Gospels call blessed the one whom comes in the name of the Lord.
Hail, Mother of God. You enclosed under your heart the infinite God whom no space can contain. Through you the Most Holy Trinity is adored and glorified, the priceless cross is venerated throughout the universe. Through you the heavens rejoice, and the angels and archangels are filled with gladness. Through you the demons are banished, and the tempter fell from heaven. Through you the fallen human race is admitted to heaven.

Hail, Mother of God. Through you kings rule, and the only-begotten Son of God has become a star of light to those who were sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Amen.

Dedication to Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God and our mother,
we offer ourselves to your loving care.
Today we choose you as our mother, guide and friend.
May we always be faithful to you,
and desire, say and do only what is pleasing to you.
O most tender and loving mother,
we beg you through the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Divine Son,
to keep us especially dear to you
and to obtain for us the strength to lead a holy life,
a life of goodness, purity and love,
offered to God in thanksgiving and praise.
Be present with us at all times, O Blessed Virgin Mary,
and especially at the hour of our death.
Then Mary protect us from the Evil One, the enemy of our souls.
Guide us safely into the presence of Jesus, the Risen Lord,
so that we may, with you and all the saints,
share His life, happiness and love, forever.
Amen.

Blessing of the Bambinos This Sunday

December 13, 2019
13 Dec 2019

 

“Gaudete in Domino semper! Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Phil. 4)

On Sunday we celebrate, Gaudete Sunday, which receives its name from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians quoted in the Entrance Antiphon. It is also “Bambino Sunday.” I want to encourage everyone to bring the Christ Child from your manger scene to Mass this weekend and place it before the parish manger scene. During Mass all the images of the Christ Child will receive a special blessing as we continue our final Advent preparations for Christmas. It is also a beautiful way to connect your family crèche with the parish crèche. There is another wonderful Catholic custom at Christmas Mass: after Christmas Mass “going in haste to Bethlehem” as did the shepherds and making a visit to the parish crèche and taking a piece of straw and then placing it in your family crèche at home. As I have mentioned at Mass, your home is meant be a “domestic church”… a place of prayer and praise and adoration of God as is the Cathedral building itself. These beautiful Catholic customs help to make that connection. So be sure to bring the Christ Child from your family manager scene for the “Bambino Blessing” this weekend!

Msgr. Brovey

 

Christmas Novena Begins 16 December!

December 6, 2019
06 Dec 2019

You may also download it in .PDF format by clicking here

Advent Devotions

December 1, 2019
01 Dec 2019

During the Holiday Season, it is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of it all. Advent is the time for quiet preparation of our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Take some time to enter more deeply in the the Season of Advent with some of these tools:

You can download a PDF of our Catholic Family Guide for a Holy and Advent and Christmas Season. It has lots of fun Advent devotions, prayers and also prayers and information on Christmastide devotions. Click Here!

Sign up for a Holy Hour on the board in the Lower Cathedral. Additional Confessions during Advent on Wednesday evening 4,11 & 18 December.

Monsignor Brovey will be offering classes on Thursday 5 & 12 December at 7pm on the Infancy Narratives. He will be using the book by Pope Benedict XVI: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

Some of the topics explored:

Who are all those strange names listed in St.Matthew’s genealogy? Was Our Lord really born on 25 December? Why is there an ox and a donkey in manger scenes? What do we know about the star of Bethlehem? Who were the Magi – Wise Men? It is sure to be a very interesting discussion!

 

Running Christmas Errands? Need a good family movie? Make sure you take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED. Audio books, Catholic talks, and movies available streaming on the FORMED app and online!

 

 

More resources

EWTN

Advent Resources: Salve Maria Regina Info site