Sunday, January 03, 2016

White chalk...

...was blessed and distributed at Mass today:  to mark the Epiphany we bless our homes, and chalk up the date and the traditional  initials of the wise men who followed the Star and found the infant King, our Saviour.

20 + C + M + B+ 16
is now above our door. All I had to do was to change the 5 of 2015 to a 6, and go over the initials a bit to highlight them anew. The initials also spell out "Bless this house" in Latin...

Although Auntie had a most  beautiful Christmas with much-loved family in England's most lovely countryside, it is also good to be back in London, hurrying along by the  great  grey Thames in the grey rain and then into a glowing church filled with people and hearty singing... and a New Year beginning.

Along with the chalk, we were given a little prayer to use:
"God of Heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here..."

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