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 the 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