Epiphany Gift

 
Even a casual thought about the incredible Solemnity of Epiphany Sunday can induce magnificent wonder! It is certainly another highlight of the Christmas season and here we celebrate Epiphany with theIMG_7447 annual “House Blessing.” Caroling in procession, special prayers for each major communal area, incense, holy water, the updated chalk blessing on every doorway (which is quite the exercise in memory!), all add to the joyful and solemn gratitude that pervades this season. Christ has come and our life has incredible meaning when seen in the light of the Incarnation! To emphasize this reality, the House Blessing Procession begins and ends in the choir before the Blessed Sacrament. At the conclusion we pray together Saint Ignatius prayer for generosity. This is our ‘gift’, or rather our response to God’s goodness to us – may it be one we keep ever in mind and heart!

 
 
 
 
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

- St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted January 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hi, great pics, Wish I was there to see it all, many blessings to all in 2014…..

  2. Judy Kallmeyer
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

    How I love these peeks into your monastic life! They are a breath of fresh air in a totally worldly world. To see you with your hearts lifted up in prayer, in the special practices of your life, is a sign that God is truly present in our midst. How blessed you are in your monastic life! I guess I am a closet monastic at heart. Pray for me that I grow into a monastic heart for the Lord since I am not called to the monastic life. And please continue to give us these little peeks into your life.

  3. Anne M Burnley
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I have just discovered EWTN and the glimpse of this monastery is wonderful. What an inspiration and what joy to see. Thank you.
    God bless you all.

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