Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Bethany Bullet Sermon Message - Week of January 7, 2018

In many Christian communities households mark their doors at Epiphany season with CMB and the date of the New Year.  20 + CMB + 18 for instance.

CMB happens to be the first initials of the names of the Magi according to tradition: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  

CMB also is the acronym of the Latin prayer: Christie Mansionem Benedicat (Christ Bless this House).

"The Magi on coming into the House where the child and his mother Mary were bowed down and worshiped him; and opened their treasures."  (Matt. 2)

The greatest gift in that house was of course the One who received the gifts of the Magi.  

As the Magi entered the house in which Christ dwelt on the first Epiphany, during this Epiphany season I invite you to seek Christ's blessing on you, your family and your home; (whether or not you mark the exterior).

Pray with those who dwell in your home:
"The Magi of old Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar followed the star of God's Son who came to dwell among us.  Christ, bless this house and all who follow you, with whom you promise to remain, throughout the New Year and always.

O God, you revealed your Son to all people by the shining light of a star.  We pray that you bless our home and all who enter here with your gracious presence.  May your love be our inspiration, your wisdom our guide, your truth our light, and your peace our benediction; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and King. Amen."

-Pastor Kevin Kritzer


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