Epiphany is coming, Reverend Fathers. We have special blessings we can use.
You will find actual blessings in the Rituale Romanum (not in the dreadful “Book of Blessings”).
First, we have the famous blessing of chalk, then used to mark the doors of houses that are blessed. Make sure you have some chalk. Bless it up right.
Also, there are special blessings for gold, frankincense and myrrh. Make sure you bring all your myrrh to church.
There is also a special blessing in the older Rituale Romanum of Epiphany Water to be done on the Vigil of Epiphany. Bishops can do this, and priests who have permission. Tis a mighty prayer, forsooth.
I would love to see Cardinal Wuerl go down to Pennsylvania Avenue and, with the network camera banks swarming, bless Epiphany Water in front of the White House.
Here is a sample:
Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by the God who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have life everlasting; cease your deception of the human race and your giving them to drink of the poison of everlasting damnation; desist from harming the Church and fettering her freedom. Begone Satan, you father and teacher of lies and enemy of mankind. Give place to Christ in whom you found none of your works; give place to the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. May you be brought low under God’s mighty hand. May you tremble and flee as we call upon the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom hell quakes, and to whom the virtues, powers, and dominations are subject; whom the cherubim and seraphim praise with unwearied voices, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!
OORAH! Take THAT!
We need a lot more of this sort of thing in our churches, not the mealy-mouthed “can’t we all just get along” cant of the pathetically squishy Church of the Olympian Middle.
But I digress.
Are you short on gold, frankincense and myrrh right now? On Epiphany in some places it is customary to bless bread, salt and eggs.
Our liturgical year has many treasures. These are now mostly buried treasures, alas.
With the watering down in the Novus Ordo of our liturgical calendar and the undermining of our Catholic identity through the dreadful newer “Book of Blessings” most Catholics now have only a vague notion or memory of the importance of sacred times, places, things and persons.
These are devilishly tricky times, friends. We need sacramentals in our lives. By blessings and consecrations bishops and priests rip things away from the domination of Prince of this World, they remove them from the realm of the profane and place them in the realm of the sacred, before the feet of Christ the King.
Reason #6 for Summorum Pontificum.
Thank you Benedict XVI.