As Fr Paul is off duty this week , the Bulletin and News for Jan 6th is published early.

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany and Blessing of Chalk.  Today we offer a Parish Eucharist at 11:00am followed by coffee.

We invite you to adopt the custom of Blessing your home. The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. 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 to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 19. 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 2019 is the year.

Blessing the Chalk

V. Our help is the name of the Lord:

R. The maker of heaven and earth.

V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:

R. From this time forth for evermore.

Let us pray.

Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:

20 + C + M + B + 16 while saying: The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and fifteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Joint Churchwardens Meeting at The Vicarage on January 16th at 2-30pm.

Sunday January 20th is the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Our friends from Kirton Methodist Church will be joining with us on this day at 11:00am.

Kirton PCC meet on January 22nd in The Vicarage at 7:00PM.

February 3rd is the Festival of Candlemass. On this Sunday all the Churches of the group are invited to join with us at Kirton at 11:00am for a special Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple also with the reception of four young people who will make their 1st Holy Communion. These young people have been working hard for months on a course entitled “Welcome to the Lord’s Table”.  Please do your best to support these young people in their life of faith.