Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Please to see the King!

Joy, health,
    love and peace
Be all here
    in this place
By your leave
    we will sing
Concerning
    our King.

Our King
    is well dressed
In silks
    of the best
In ribbons so rare
No King can compare.

We have traveled many miles
Over hedges and stiles
In search of our King
Unto you we bring.

We have powder and shot
To conquer the lot
We have cannon and ball
To conquer them all.

Old Christmas is past
Twelfth Night is the last
And we bid you adieu
Praise joy to the new.


We began with the words of Psalm 71(72) "Deus, judicium":

Give the King your justice, O God, *
    and your righteousness to the King's Son;
That he may rule your people righteously *
    and the poor with justice ...

Then I said the prayer of blessing, while sprinkling "epiphany water" (which is holy water specially blessed on the Feast, to include a prayer of exorcism) over the door.

Lord God of Heaven and Earth, who hast revealed thine only-begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star: Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill them with the light of Christ, that their love for others may truly reflect thy love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Finally, I stepped onto the chair, and with a piece of blessed chalk, wrote over the entrance to the house.

“Christus ...”

          C

“Mansionem ...”

          C      M

“Benedicat.”

          C      M      B

“May Christ ...”

20      C      M      B

“this dwelling ... bless.”

20      C      M      B      10

“In the name of God, the Father ...”

20  +  C      M      B      10

“the Son ...”

20  +  C  +  M      B      10

“... and the Holy Spirit.”

20  +  C  +  M  +  B      10

“Amen.”

20  +  C  +  M  +  B  +  10

And that was that. The inscription is to be removed on the Feast of Pentecost.

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Meanwhile, the day is remembered throughout the world by various names. In many parts of Europe, Epiphany retains its distinction as "Little Christmas." Among the Greek Orthodox, the waters of the harbor are blessed by the local priest. In Spanish-speaking countries, it is known as “Dia de los Tres Reyes” (“Day of the Three Kings”). There are parades on the main street, and pageants for the children. An example of the latter is seen here, performed by Iglesia Smirna Misionera, an Assembly of God congregation in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Oh, come on, you guys, click on it. These kids worked SO hard on this.
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