Sunday, January 07, 2007Happy Epiphany
Happy Feast of the Epiphany! This feast marks the day when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem to present their gifts to our Lord.
Prayer: Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. Lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.
The children in our homes can now place the kings by the manger...they have been traveling around the house and now have arrived in Bethlehem. Some popular traditions include:
~This inscribing above the doorways of our home (in chalk):
20 + C + M + B + 07
The initials (of the Magi Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) are separated by crosses and the year above the door. The initials CMB also stand for the words "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means "May Christ bless this house". This inscription above the entry of our house should be a reminder to us that we should be with and go to Christ in all our comings and goings.
The colors of the table settings or decorations for this feast can be gold and white. The color of white is the color of the liturgical linens (white signifies rejoicing in the church) and gold is the color of royalty, the 3 kings.~Twelfth Night Cakes
~Twelfth Night Bread
~Twelfth Day Cake
Go to Catholic culture.org for more reading. They have activities, blessings, prayers, the recipes above and more.
Happy Feast Day!