Thursday, January 12, 2012

pretty, happy, funny, real

Capturing the context of everyday life ~ most Thursdays ;)

Well, if this doesn't qualify as finding contentment in everyday life, I don't know what does.  I almost can't believe I'm posting a picture of potatoes under the heading "pretty".  But, then again - look - they are pretty.  The purple ones are especially fetching.  I also have to admit that I find my vintage (aka: so-old-the-color-has-come-back) Le Crueset pot a rather pretty item.  It's probably the most loved item in our kitchen.

Ice skating!  Our local parks & recreation department puts up a skating rink every winter.  It's great fun for skaters and hockey players alike.  The best part for us is that they schedule home school skating sessions.  We could go anytime, but the home school session is usually from noon to 2:00, so we don't have to fight the "after school" crowd.

The girls got to meet the Miss USA contestant from our state.  They thought it was quite a brush with fame.  The only down-side was that the Miss USA contender didn't know she'd be running into 3 little girls that day, so she wasn't wearing her sash or her crown.

Do you do the Epiphany blessing for your home?  It's a beautiful tradition, but sadly, we didn't know of it until about 6 years ago.  The prayers and more information can be found here.
The final prayer of the blessing:
Leader: Let us pray. Bless, O Lord God almighty, this home, that in it there may be health, purity, the strength of victory, humility, goodness and mercy, the fulfillment of Thy law, the thanksgiving to God the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. And may this blessing remain upon this home and upon all who dwell herein. Through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
After the prayers of the blessing are recited, each room of the home is sprinkled with Epiphany water and incensed. The initials of the Magi are inscribed upon the doors with the blessed chalk. (The initials, C, M, B, can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" which means "Christ bless this house".)
Example: 20 + C + M + B + 12

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1 comment:

  1. Those potatoes are beautiful and we have a pot just like it in "paprika" I think they call it. They are great. We did not get the blessing over the doorway this year, yet, but perhaps there is still time. Thanks for sharing.