Franciscan Sisters Epiphany blessings.

It was the Epiphany of the Lord and we Sisters planned to bless our convent home. It is part of our Catholic church history to bless your house on Epiphany. Take chalk and mark the lintel (top cross bar) of your front door +20+C+M+B+15+ saying:

God is love and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. Christ, God-With-Us, is present in the love and care we show to each other in our ordinary daily lives together. May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your Living Word, now and forever. Amen.    C M B above the door, also stands for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, Latin for  “May Christ Bless this House.”

 

Following the blessing of our home we had planned a 4:00pm holy hour.

Fifteen minutes into the holy hour as we all sat quietly all of the lights went out…as did the heat!

It was soon discovered that the problem with the electricity  wasn’t just ours, for this we were glad. “Misery loves company!” But this also means it could take awhile for the electricity to return. Yet we are so blessed to live here this evening and not up North where it would be 30-40 degrees colder.

As we finished our Holy Hour the thought of an evening meal and warmth filled our minds. A quick call to Taco Bell provided both. They had electricity, warmth and food. We lingered there maybe a little longer then normal and as we neared home even yet on Highway 82 we saw the welcoming lights greeting us. It truly was a blessed Epiphany.

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