Plan ahead for this Epiphany activity and encourage your students to bless their homes with their families.
By Barb Szyszkiewicz
The blessing of homes at Epiphany is a time-honored Catholic tradition. We remember the visit of the Magi to the home of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
Your students can assemble blessing kits to take home. If you wish, the kits can be packed in sandwich-size zipper bags.
Chalk (any color)
Distribute a piece of chalk and a copy of the printable to each student.
If desired, tie a ribbon around the chalk.
Pray together to bless the chalk
P: Our help is in the name of The Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Bless, + O Lord God, this creature chalk to render it helpful to men. Grant that they who use it in faith and with it inscribe upon the entrance of their homes the names of thy saints, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, may through their merits and intercession enjoy health of body and protection of soul. Through Christ our Lord.
The chalk is sprinkled with holy water.
Prayer Source: Roman Ritual: Volume III, The Blessings by Philip T. Weller, The Bruce Publishing Company, 1952
Bless your classroom, too!
Remember to bless your classroom with your students before sending them home with the kits.
Barb Szyszkiewicz is editor at CatholicMom.com and managing editor of Today’s Catholic Teacher.
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