This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Tonight at the monastery the sisters will process out of Chapel after Vespers to bless the main entrance of the monastery. In the midst of a simple prayer, the prioress uses blessed chalk to write the ancient inscription above our monastery doors “20+C+M+B+18”. A reminder that our Benedictine Hospitality is extended to all those who come through these doors and enter our home.
Leader: Let us bless the Lord, who gives us this home, filled with warmth and light.
All: Blessed be God forever.
Write over the doorway: 20 + C + M + B + 18
Reader: The crosses stand for the four seasons and the C.M.B. are the initials of the three Magi. The chalk inscription is a reminder to welcome with hospitality all who travel here and treat them as Christ in our midst.
Leader: God of all time and space, may this home be filled with kindness to one another, with hospitality to guests, and with abundant care for every stranger. By the gentle light of a star, guide home all who seek You on paths of wonder, peace and charity, where we will join with the angels in proclaiming your praise:
All: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth now and forever. Amen
Leader: Let us give thanks to God now and forever.
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you: your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the LORD (Isaiah 60: 1-6).
It is a joy-filled reading of the promised savior to come…Isaiah so long ago shared this vision of hope for everyone. But it is as vibrant in its promise today, we are all called to gather in the radiant light of the King. An amazing reminder that we are called to all come together and share in the blessing of Christ.
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