Nice Epiphany Mass image

Here is a wonderful shot of Holy Mass for Epiphany in Washington DC celebrated by my friend Msgr. Charles Pope.  They blessed Epiphany water, chalk and, I hope, gold frankincense and myrrh.  HERE


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Did you have special blessings at your parishes?

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  1. (X)MCCLXIII says:

    Water was blessed, chalk was blessed, and the presbytery was blessed, here:

    Then we had a party, and ate Galettes des Rois.

  2. JBS says:

    Thanks for posting this! It’s good to catch occasional glimpses of Catholicism.

  3. jaykay says:

    Not in my home parish as such, but at the Missa cantata (it was “Orbis factor”) I attended at 7pm in the Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy there was the blessing of chalk after the Mass.

  4. Prayerful says:

    That’s a fine interior. Fine Mass no doubt.

  5. Gregorius says:

    No gold, frankincense or myrrh (as far as I could see, but I arrived late), but plenty of chalk and water, and there was a very long line of faithful waiting to receive them.
    The most interesting thing about this Mass was that both the ordinary and the propers were sung in polyphony. Msgr. had a similar Mass on All Saints’ day, and hopefully will have many more like it in the future.

  6. capchoirgirl says:

    Yup! Blessed chalk and instructions on how to use it!

  7. MattnSue says:

    Went to the ‘s epiphany mass, which this year was held at Philadelphia’s St. Peter and Paul Cathedral (Thanks to Abp Chaput and the Rector for this courtesy). Mass was lovely, they blessed gold, frankincense & myrrh, as well as chalk. The lintel over the front door is white, so when I wrote with the chalk, I wrote it on the top of the door. I hope no one thinks there are bodies in my house.

  8. little women says:

    Epiphany emphasizes one of the major problems that often crops up when having a parish with both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form. Ordinary Form folks celebrated Epiphany on Sunday. But since the Extraordinary Form is celebrated only on Sunday, Extraordinary Form folks get nothing, liturgically speaking. We do not get Epiphany! Nor Ascension Thursday! Note, I am not referring to feasts that occur during the week which obliges us to the Ordinary Form. No, these feasts get moved to Sunday, so we have to choose between a liturgical celebration of the feast and attending the Extraordinary Form. For most of us, the EF wins out if for no other reason that we need to keep our numbers up EVERY SINGLE WEEK. Of course, technically speaking we could attend piggyback Masses on Sunday — attend the Novus Ordo for the Sunday feast, then our regular Sunday Mass. However, we’re like many families, filling many roles during the Mass. Choir, rearranging furniture (sometimes linen on the altar), leading rosaries, etc. We’re already at the Church a minimum of three hours and usually more! It’s kind of frustrating that the folks who really CARE about the Feast get left out in the cold.

  9. RomeontheRange says:

    Are those SSVM sisters there in the blue veils? Wonderful order.

  10. tjtenor2 says:

    It was a lovely Mass. Msgr. Pope did an excellent job chanting the Epiphany proclamation.

  11. Mary Jane says:

    Water was blessed (the day prior), and chalk and homes were blessed (our FSSP parish is so large the priests can’t visit every family’s home in-person).

    We sang O Magnum Mysterium (the Mass and motet), Omnes de Saba Venient, and Verbum Caro Factum Est.

  12. magistercaesar says:

    I live in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ and once a month. I make a 40 minute commute to the EF at St. John’s in Allentown, NJ, of the Diocese of Trenton because gas is expensive when you’re a full time college student. For Epiphany, I and a couple college friends made the 2 hour commute in rush hour to go to Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia for Epiphany and my God, it was one of the most spiritually fulfilling things we have ever experienced. It was out first time attending an EF at a Cathedral. The homily was about letting Christ transform us in the same way the Magi felt transformed and then going out to live our lives in such a way that we spread out Christ’s love. We walked out of the Cathedral really feeling transformed and just purely joyful.

  13. APX says:

    For the first time (that I know of) we did the solemn blessing for epiphany water (a lot since people brought a lot of 5 gallon jugs of water) the night before. We only had a low Mass during the day to allow more time for our priests to go throughout the city doing house blessings since the FSSP’s superior requires them to be completed during the octave of epiphany.

  14. Uxixu says:

    We celebrated a High Mass in FSSP.LA followed by the solemn blessing of the Epiphany water, chalk, frankincense, myrrh, and gold with the litany of the Saints, etc. Fr. Fryar is blessing houses through the octave.

  15. Maximilia says:

    Our Oratory with the Institute of Christ the King had a blessing of Epiphany water on the 5th, and then a blessing of chalk on the Epiphany. There was a wee bit of excitement during the blessing of Epiphany water. Two minutes into the Litany of the Saints, the table holding huge containers of water collapsed with a huge crash, and some of the containers started pouring unblessed water onto the wooden floor and altars. Our poor Canon had to pause the Litany, but fortunately a small army managed to mop it up in a few minutes. Canon was quickly able to carry on.

    Methinks the Enemy was terrified of the exorcism awaiting him.

  16. Joseph-Mary says:

    Have tried to get the word out at my novus ordo parish about the Epiphany blessing for a couple of years but it gets voted down. However, I have some Epiphany water and blessed chalk from when an FSSP priest used to come to town. And blessed the house with them.

  17. Blaise says:

    As I live in England, Epiphany was transfered to the Sunday before. Nothing special at all.

  18. Elizium23 says:

    Here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we were incredibly blessed by our Cathedral, Ss. Simon and Jude, on the night of the Epiphany, January 6. A Mass in the Ordinary Form was held to showcase sacred music. It featured Byrd’s Gradualia and Hassler’s Missa super dixit Maria. Sheet music was provided so that the assembly could sing responses in chant at the appropriate times, and we were all invited to sing SATB harmony for the recessional hymn, “As with Gladness Men of Old”, which I cheerfully obliged. The rector, Fr. John Lankeit, celebrated ad orientem and chanted all the dialogues. A collection was taken to support sacred music in the Cathedral, to which I willingly donated. There was quite a respectable crowd for a Tuesday weeknight. I was there along with other choir members from my parish, as we had decided as a group to pre-empt rehearsal and make it a field trip. Deo gratias for our extraordinary ordinary, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted!

  19. mpolo says:

    On the Sunday before, I blessed chalk, stickers and the children that would be going around the village dressed as the three kings, blessing the houses. (In the last 5 years or so, people are greatly preferring pre-printed stickers with 20 * C + M + B + 15 to having the children actually write on the lintel…) The parish celebrated 2nd Sunday of Christmas on the 4th, but there was no Mass in the parish on the 6th for the solemnity.

  20. HighMass says:

    Fr. Z

    Is this Parish designated for Mass In the E.F. only???

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