San José Epiphany Water Blessing January 5, 2019

January 5 is the eve of Epiphany (the “Vigil of Epiphany”), which is the traditional day for the Blessing of Epiphany Water.The faithful brought in many bottles of water to be blessed for their use at home.  This gallery has a few photos from that ritual and a link to a larger gallery.

Instead of our normal First Saturday schedule of a low Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the I.E.S. chapel, we celebrated one low Mass at 3:00 p.m. in Five Wounds Church, and, after the Mass, Canon Ueda performed the long and powerful ritual of exorcising and blessing salt and blessing the Epiphany Water with the salt. 

The following description of the ritual is from the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Chicago, News page titled "Epiphany Blessing; January 2019":

The Blessing of the Epiphany Water begins with the Litany of the Saints, the Agnus Dei and psalms, after which, the priest chants a powerful exorcism against Satan and his legions. An antiphon extols the fruits of the baptism of Our Lord and references the wedding feast at Cana, and then the exorcism of salt and water begins.

After the salt is added to the water, the Te Deumis sung, and a simple, but profound prayer beseeching God’s mercy ends the ceremony.

The exorcisms are unique to the Epiphany water and make it a powerful sacramental against attacks of Satan so that “wherever this water and salt is sprinkled it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit”. The water is poured into the Holy Water tank and is used in the blessings of the homes during the Octave of the Epiphany.

The home is blessed on the Feast of the Epiphany or during the Octave by a priest or senior member of the household.

The faithful brought in many bottles of water to be blessed for their use at hone. 

The Rituale Romanum says, "Christ's faithful are permitted to take holy water home with them to sprinkle the sick, their homes, fields, vineyards, and the like. It is recommended too that they put it in fonts in the various rooms, so that they may use it to bless themselves daily and frequently."

This gallery has a few photos from that ritual.

More photos of this event by the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco be seen at this gallery

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