House Blessing Invitation
The Church has a custom of blessing homes during the Epiphany season. During this COVID time, it is a way to ask God’s blessing on our homes, those who live in them, and those who visit. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed at the altar during Epiphany and write the following above the home’s entryway:20 + C + M + B + 21.
The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2021 is the year.
Rev Jean+ is more than honored to come bless your home, from the outside, while passing to you the candle and the words of blessing for the interior of the house. If you prefer to bless your own home, a blessing prayer will be provided along with chalk and candle. Call Rev Jean+ at 402 302 5600 or Emily in the church office and Rev Jean+ will bless or drop off the chalk and candle and prayers for a no contact delivery.
The Home is our First church, during the blessing share stories, faith stories, and share the love of Jesus. Think about when you first learned to pray, or who told you about Jesus, or the first time you remember going to church, or when God felt really present or far away.
House blessings are an invitation for Jesus to share in our stories, and to be our guest in our family gathering.
Rev Jean Vargo+