Thursday, January 17, 2019 UTC

HOUSE BLESSINGS

article_12030It is customary, to invite your Priest to bless your home with the Holy Water sanctified on Theophany (the feast which commemorates the Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan River).

PLEASE SCHEDULE WITH FATHER MARK DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY. Please organize yourselves in groups based on location: i.e North Raleigh, Cary, South of Cary, etc and pick a date.  Email the date and which families are participating to the church email so a schedule can be drawn up. Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church <[email protected]>.  Fr Mark is available Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons until 3 pm. If you are unsure who might live close to you, respond to this email and we can help figure out what group you can join.  Also, if you don’t live close to anyone else, email your preference for a date and we will work on scheduling the house blessing for you.

(When a priest visits, there is a pious custom in some places that the family makes a donation to the priest for gas and other expenses. This is appreciated, but it should not be thought of as a requirement. The scripture tells us “Freely you have received, freely give”. The priest comes to the home because he wants God’s blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. )