St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

106 N. Meramec Avenue – Clayton MO 63105 – Parish Office (314) 726-1221

Notes from the Pastor’s Pen – January 8, 2023

Epiphany House Blessing 

If you wish, you can celebrate Epiphany at home with a blessing using chalk to write the initials of the magi’s traditional names (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar), four crosses, and the new year’s numerals on your doorframe.

Leader: In the (+) name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We sign this doorway with four crosses and the numerals of the new year. [20 + C + M + B + 23] Let us pray: May Christ bless this house! ALL: Amen!

Each room of the house is sprinkled with holy water.

Living room: Where two or three are gathered in your name, Lord, you are present. Bless this room, O Lord. ALL: Amen! Kitchen: Give us this day our daily bread. Bless this room, O Lord. ALL: Amen!

Dining room: Prepare us for the heavenly banquet. Bless this room, O Lord. ALL: Amen!

Bedrooms: Stay with us Lord, when night has come. Bless this room, O Lord. ALL: Amen!

Bathroom: Cleanse us from all sin. Bless this room, O Lord. ALL: Amen!

All return to the front door to pray together.

Leader: Let us pray as Jesus taught us: Our Father . . . The leader sprinkles all present with holy water. Bless this household through all days to come, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. ALL: Amen!

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