In my Orthodox parish we will be celebrating Holy Theophany (The Baptism of our Lord) on January 6th. The celebration of this Feast of our Lord essentially starts on January 5th, a day identified as the Forefeast of Theophany.
Collectively with the other solutions celebrating this Feast of our Lord, there is a service of the Blessing of the Waters. This is generally carried out in the church. Having said that in quite a few locations all through the globe solutions are carried out close to open bodies of water. As a sign of blessing as Christ blessed the Jordan, Holy Water is poured into the physique of water. A cross is then thrown into the water to be retrieved by young people diving into the water.
Right here in Colorado, quite a few Orthodox collect on the Continental Divide for a unique blessing of the waters of each sides of the Divide. Frozen crosses of water are placed in the snow on every single side. In this way, the water flowing to the Pacific and the water flowing to the Atlantic are each blessed.
The holy water from the church is provided to the faithful to consume all through the year and to use in blessing their properties. In the weeks following the Feast, Orthodox clergy stop by the properties of parishioners and conduct a service of blessing applying the holy water that was blessed on the Feast of Theophany.
An individual asked me a incredibly very good query final year at Holy Theophany:
“Why should really I have my residence blessed each and every year? I imply, come on, I had it blessed a number of years ago and that appears very good adequate for me.”
Right here is my response:
That is a fantastic query and 1 that each and every Orthodox Christian requires to ponder. Residence blessings are not just some cultural tradition, but a incredibly spiritual and essential concern for you to think about.
When I was a prison chaplain, I would go about the prison to the cell of every single Orthodox man and bless their house. Normally other males would see me or hear about it and they as well would ask for their cell to be blessed. The reports back had been constantly the identical: “Father, I felt such peace just after my cell was blessed and I slept so effectively!” It was some thing that quite a few males looked forward to every single year.
Lots of years ago when I was a pretty new priest, a loved ones asked me to enable them. They had been seeing “ghosts” in their house on a common basis and it had the entire loved ones scared. Becoming a incredibly inexperienced priest, I felt this was a unquestionably above my spend grade and known as upon a superb monastic for his assistance. He stated he would come and with each other we would bless their house. We did the complete service for blessing the house and as we went by means of the residence, he told me that he could see the demons had been fleeing in front of us. I of course saw nothing at all. This man is holier than I could ever hope to be! He told me that the Holy Water stings the demons like fire and they flee from it. We continued to bless the house till he stated each and every evil had been removed. The report back from these people in the following weeks and months was of peace, no sightings of “ghosts”, and incredibly very good nights of sleep.
I share these two stories with you to show the require we all have for the peace of the Lord in our properties. I am not suggesting that your house is filled with demons and all types of evil. But, all through the year we may well finish up bringing points into our properties that we genuinely do not want there: such as anger, gossip, slander, lying, lust, hatred, envy, covetousness, sloth, despair…you get the concept. Lots of of the Holy Fathers of our Faith inform us that there is a incredibly spiritual aspect to all of these and they have an effect on the atmosphere about us. So it can be in our properties and usually it occurs so incredibly gradually that we do not recognize its effect.
So the query you asked genuinely gets reversed: “Why would any Orthodox Christian not want their house blessed every single year?” When Holy Theophany rolls about this year and the list for residence blessings is created accessible, be positive to sign up. It may well be the finest “cleaning” you can possibly give your house.
By Fr. Stephen Powley
Supply: https://upwordglance.com/2017/01/04/why-should really-i-have-my-residence-blessed/