Authors:Paul F. Bosch [firstname.lastname@example.org] and André Lavergne [email@example.com]
Copyright: © 1996, 1999 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. This liturgy may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes with credit to the authors and mention of theLift Up Your Hearts web site http://www.worship.on.ca/ as the source. This brief liturgy appeared in similar form in Section 4 of the ELCIC's Gathered for Worship © 1995.
This liturgy makes an excellent December/January newsletter item or back-page for a Christmas Season guide-to-worship.
On the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, family and friends(C for "community") gather at the main entrances to homes or apartments (nursing home quarters, extended care facility, hospital rooms!), and ask God's blessing on their dwellings and on all who live or visit there.
Leadership may be shared with a change of voice at each Leader's part (L).
LPeace be to this house and to all who enter here.
LA reading from Proverbs: "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
LLet us pray: Gracious God, as a shining star once guided the magi to the birthplace of the infant Jesus, so enable those who dwell here to be your light in the world; through Jesus Christ we pray.
Using chalk (hence, "Chalking the Door"), people are invited to inscribe the lintel of the home (the horizontal frame above the door) with the inscription shown below. The letters C M B come from the traditional (9th century) names for the "three kings" -- Caspar, Melchior & Balthazar. Some also suggest "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means "May Christ bless this dwelling!"
Each person is afforded a turn to make one or more of the marks:
LA reading from Isaiah: "The effect of righteousness is peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and quiet places."
People may join hands or extend their hands outward and upward (orans) for the prayers.
LLet us pray: Sovereign God, we pray that you will bless this home and all who live here with your gracious presence, that your love may be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light, and your peace our benediction; through Jesus Christ we pray.
LLord, remember your children and teach us to pray:
People may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of their baptism.
LMay the Lord watch + over our going out and our coming in, from this time forth and forevermore.