There are three main points in the Church Calendar that land within the Epiphany Season and they mark the foundation of the season: the through-line that marks this period of the year apart from the rest. They are (1) the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th,) (2)the Baptism of Jesus, and (3) the Wedding at Cana.
These Feasts are meant to point to the Revelation of who Jesus is as (1) our Incarnate God (2) who stand as part of a Trinity in Unity yet (3) is immensely invested in the lives of human beings. Historically, the issue has been that these feasts point to major events in the lives of many human beings: birth, baptism and marriage. What then can we do to focus our celebrations in such a way that we are reminded of his presence and effect in our daily lives?
The Church responded to this query with the tradition of the blessing of homes, in which the head or casing of a home is marked with chalk that has been blessed with the year (2016) and the initials of the Magi (B+C+M,) while the prayer Benedictum Christum Mansionem (Christ, Bless this House,) is recited. The entire liturgy, which takes all of ten minutes is meant to remind us that every time someone crosses our threshold, we should meet them as we would meet Christ, whether they be a guest, the mailman, or a family member.
We would do well to be reminded of this service (which I openly extend to each of you, just check with me to find a good time,) and to remember that, just as in the rest of the year, it is through the major events of the season that Christ fills us up with God’s Grace, but it is through our daily lives that he expects us to mete that Grace to all of his children.
~Rev. Canon Aaron Zook
Feast of the Epiphany, 2016