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Today marks the final day of the Christmas season by the current church calendar (pre-Vatican 2 it ended Feb 2nd with the Feast of the Presentation Candlemas) so lets end with the singing cowboy who introduced that most famous of reindeer to the world, Gene Autry:

I hope this Christmas season has treated you well and may the joy of it remain in your heart throughout all the year.

As a rule for this series you’ve seen groups or individuals who have done Christmas Albums. The Rock Group Slade formed in the 1960’s did only one Christmas song, but if you go to Britain it is THE Christmas song which every single year makes returns to chart when the season comes. Slade has a long and storied history in the annuls of pop music but long after they are dead and gone this song will be played and remembered throughout the UK.

So as we have a bonus day of Christmas due to the Church’s calendar this year for this 14th day I give you Slade performing live their Christmas hit: Merry Christmas Everybody

The 12 days of Christmas lead to Epiphany the day the wise men came, this is “Little Christmas”. The Church will celebrate the feast on Sunday but for this series of posts we’ll mention the traditional day and give you the Trans Siberian orchestra.

While the church will officially celebrate Epiphany this Sunday January 6th is the traditional day of the visit of the wise men.

This is also the traditional day to Chalk and bless your home for the year, a devotion that isn’t as popular as it once was but if you go to any building on the EWTN campus you will find every doorway chalked that way.

In order to do the blessing you will need Holy Water and a piece of chalk blessed by a priest.

Rather than reinvent the wheel let me steal three prayers from the good folks at One Peter Five who put up a post on the subject two years ago:

They offer a short form prayer or a long form.

The short form goes like this:

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 incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.

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 inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

There is a longer form that can be done with a priest or by the head of the household, it goes like this:

Prayer: On entering the home,

Leader(Priest, if present, or father of the family) : Peace be to this house.
All: And to all who dwell herein.

All: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.

All Pray: The MagnificatDuring the Magnificat, the room is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. After this is completed,

All: From the east came the Magi to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasures they offered precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial.

Leader: Our Father. . .
And lead us not into temptation

All: But deliver us from evil.
Leader: All they from Saba shall come
All: Bringing gold and frankincense.
Leader: O Lord, hear my prayer.
All: And let my cry come to You.

Leader: Let us pray. O God, who by the guidance of a star didst on this day manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we who know Thee by faith may also attain the vision of Thy glorious majesty. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Leader: Be enlightened, be enlightened, O Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee—Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.

All: And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light and kings in the splendor of thy rising, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.

Leader: Let us pray. Bless, + O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Once you have completed either the long or short form anoint each room with holy water and use the chalk to mark the following on the lintal

20 + C+ M + B + 23

The the letters stand for the names of the wise men and the rest being the current year.

It’s a nice little devotion and give you a constant reminder of the the presence of the Lord.