Principal Weekly Letter

Message from the Principal - January 3, 2018

On Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  The ancient Feast of the Epiphany actually celebrates three events, tied together by the meaning of the word epiphany as “appearance” or “manifestation.”  Jesus suddenly appears as who He really is—messiah and God—to the Magi, at Cana when he works his first miracle, and when he is baptized in the Jordan.  In the early Church, Epiphany was, therefore, second only to the Easter vigil as the time to celebrate the sacrament of baptism.  Blessed water from those baptisms were used to bless the dwellings of the faithful, and it became customary to write over the doorposts of blessed homes “C+B+M”,  meaning “Christ blesses this house (Christus bendicat mansionem).” Since the three kings were also remembered at the same time, someone decided to give them names, and to use CBM as their initials—Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.  The names stuck.

As we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany this year, may our hearts and the hearts of our loved ones be open to all the graces God wants to bestow on us this year.  God bless you. 

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