Merry Christmas and Happy Feast of the Epiphany! May the birth of our savior continue to bring joy into your life and into your homes.
The Feast Day that we celebrate today highlights the Magi’s arrival at the stable and bringing the gifts to Jesus.
One tradition that the church does on this feast day (and can be done at your home too) is called Chalking the Door
My family and I have been doing this at our house, it takes only a few minutes and serves as a great reminder at the threshold of our homes. Here is an accompanying service to make it prayerful and meaningful: Epiphany Blessing
Not too fond of using chalk on your walls? Write it on a black piece of construction paper and tape that above your door!
Here is a nice article that should help you and your family reflect on this day, the gifts that were brought, and how we can make room for Christ in our lives in this new year. Magi and Gifts
Speaking of new year… This Friday we celebrate a new calendar year and for many of us we resolve to make this new year better than the last one (at by the things that we can control ourselves). Fr. Ed Broom offers a short list of resolutions for you to consider in 2021: 5 ways to have the best year
I hope that one of these ways will be helpful to you as you seek to grow closer to our Lord this year.
A new year tradition that my family and I have been doing for a few years is having each individual pick a Saint that will be their intercessor for the year. This is something that was inspired by Saint Faustina. We invoke their intercession at the end of our Rosary asking their Saint to “Pray for Us” and even when it is the feast day we make that day a joyful celebration. Here is a short video explaining it some more: New Year Tradition
Not sure what saints to pick from? Here is a list of 250 popular Saints that you can choose from: Popular Saints
Lastly, January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Take time today to watch (or attend in person) Mass because it is a holy day of obligation. Take time to pray a family rosary today. Take a little time for this short lesson: Solemnity of Mary