Blessed Epiphany Water & Blessed Chalk

Sunday, January 6, 2019, is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Father Ananias will bless water on Saturday. When you come to Mass this weekend, please bring an empty container, which you can fill with the Blessed Epiphany Water. Father will also bless chalk, for you to take a piece with you. This blessed chalk will be used when a Priest comes to bless your homes. Please click on the above title to read more.
“Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany”

“118. Many traditions and genuine manifestations of popular piety have been developed in relation to the Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany, which is of ancient origin and rich in spiritual content. Among such forms of popular piety, mention may be made of : …

the blessing of homes, on whose lentils are inscribed the Cross of salvation, together with the indication of the year and the initials of the three wise men (C+M+B) [Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar] which can also be interpreted to mean Christus mansionem benedicat [May Christ bless this house], written in blessed chalk; …”

–Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, “Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines,” Vatican City, December 2001 (

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Welcome Message from Fr. Ananias

Of the many charisms, gifts of the Holy Spirit, associated with living-out of the monastic way of life, more than any other, is expected of those who vow themselves as sons of Benedict is that of Hospitality. With almost “sacramental” reverence, Saint Benedict treats of kindness to pilgrims, strangers, & all who present themselves as godly guests at the monastery’s port. The Patriarch of Western Monasticism exhorts his disciples in the 7th chapter of the Holy Rule to “treat all guests as Christ.”

We’re glad that you have come “a knockin’ at our door.” We hope you’ll always feel welcome here–that you will experience Peace in your visitations. Please don’t be strangers & know that you are always most welcome.


Father Ananias, O.S.B.

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