Our homes are special places – they are where we live, eat, play and pray. That is stating the obvious – yet we often forget the obvious. What better way to celebrate the visit of the Magi or Three Kings to the earthly home of Jesus than by seeking God’s blessing on our own homes?
Our homes are places where the day to day things happen, and they are, as such, places where we need God’s blessing most. A “blessing” is to ask for God’s approval, for God to be in and around us, for God to be quietly present – and that is a wonderful thing to ask for our homes.
It is traditional to pray a blessing on homes at Epiphany time – the feast of the visit of the Magi. It was in his earthly home that Jesus was found by them, and it is in our homes and everyday life that God is with us.
It is usual to mark our homes, perhaps with blessed chalk, available from Church, using the initials of the Three Kings, and the date of the year as we pray the blessing.
So, the marking near, or above, the main door, could be:
20+C+M+B+19 (or a simple Cross)
This prayer might be used
O God of Light, bless our house and our family. May our home be a place of peace and health. May each member of this family cultivate the gifts and graces you give, using our talents and works for the good of all.
Make this house a shelter in the storm and a haven of rest for all in need of your warmth and care. When we go out, may we never lose sight of your guiding star. As we go about our work, our study, our play, keep us in its light and in your love. Amen.
This year at Epiphany at St Chrysostom’s this prayer for blessing (adapted) was offered to worshippers:
Bless the four corners of this home, and be the lintel blest, and bless the hearth, and bless the board, and bless each place of rest, and bless the door that opens wide to friend as to kin, and bless each crystal window pane that lets the starlight in, and bless the roof-tree overhead and every sturdy wall. The peace of all, the peace of God, The Peace of Love on all.
Fr Ian discovered this prayer set to music. Click here to see it – and indeed to hear it sung by singers at St Chrysostom’s!
If you would like a priest to bless your home simply ask, they are happy to do so!
(At St Chrysostom’s we love to encourage this tradition each year. Read more about it – click here. Do feel free to share this too.)