Monday 14 January 2013

Epiphany Procession and Benediction

As usual during Epiphanytide, we held a procession and Benediction in the Crib especially for children.

We began by blessing chalk and marking the entrance from the Porters' Lodge to the Church: "20 C+M+B 13". Families can then take the chalk home to bless their own homes with the initials of the three Magi: "Christus Mansionem Benedicat".


The star led us to the manger, where the kings presented their gifts to the Child Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament:


There was a time of adoration, joining with Our Lady, St Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi:


Benediction was given:


Then the Blessed Sacrament was reposed and the image of the Bambino replaced:


Afterwards there was a tea party in the rather cramped conditions of the Guild Room. Next year, with the new Parish Centre, we will have a proper kitchen and servery and be able to spread ourselves more comfortably.