The Epiphany Chalk Blessing

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The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and 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. See details of the Epiphany Chalk Blessing.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway. If you miss the service in-person this Sunday, there will be extra blessed chalk in the church for you to pick up Mon-Thur. from 9 a.m. – noon, or you can email a request to have some mailed to you.

Epiphany Potluck Gathering

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Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Another St Thomas tradition returning! 

Epiphany Potluck DinnerThe main courses will be provided by our vestry and rector: a ham, and a pasta dish. You are invited to being a dish to share, but it is not required. There is a sign-up genius for both food and drink, and helpers to set up and to clean up. If you are not able to participate in the sign-up, please don’t think twice about it; we would love to simply enjoy your company at this meal.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or if you are in need of transportation, please reply to this email or reach out to Fr. Howie or the office. Friends, family and neighbors are most welcome! We hope to see a large turnout at this first event of 2023!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

The Epiphany Chalk Blessing

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The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and 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 blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway. If you miss the service in-person this Sunday, there will be extra blessed chalk in the church for you to pick up Mon-Thur. from 9 a.m. – noon, or you can email a request to have some mailed to you.

“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols sink into the depths of our hearts and be manifest in our words and actions.

20 + C + M + B + 22

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.”

Blessing of 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.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

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 all who use it in faith to write upon the doors of their homes the names of your saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit their home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epiphany Potluck on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 5 p.m.

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Come join in the Epiphany celebration with your St. Thomas’s family on Sunday evening, January 5, 2020, starting at 5 p.m.

It’s our favorite potluck event of the year!

Ham and a pasta dish will be provided. All you need to bring is side dishes or desserts. (If you’re not up to cooking just bring yourself.)

We’ll start off with Evening Prayer around the tables and round off the night with a bonfire of our Christmas greenery from the church.

Come join us, and bring a neighbor!  ALL are Welcome!

Cana Hartman and Sally Price

Epiphany Potluck and Burning of the Greens

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This year’s annual Epiphany Potluck will be held on Sunday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Hospitality Ministry will be providing the main course with potluck sides being requested. For questions regarding the potluck, please contact Cana Hartman at canahartman@gmail.com.