House blessings in Epiphany

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

House Blessings in Epiphany

By custom of the undivided church, the Pastor visits and blesses the homes of the faithful during the Epiphany season. Many Pastors, myself among them, would dearly love to see a rebirth of this practice in the congregations and homes of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

The Pastoral Care Companion, produced by our Commission on Worship says, “Homes may be blessed annually. Usually this is done during the season of the Epiphany due to the connection of the visitation of the Magi to the home of the infant Christ…The head of the household should be encouraged to pray regularly with the family, read the Scriptures, and sing hymns throughout the year, especially in times of distress.” To this I would add the following reasons:

  • To strengthen the domestic church by the Word of God and prayer
  • To renew the bonds of love between Pastor and the faithful of his flock
  • To impress on young and old alike the power and necessity of God’s blessing on all of life
  • To increase opportunities for conversation about the importance of our faith
  • To awaken awareness of our connection with the whole church in heaven and on earth

To this end, I hope that many of you will avail yourselves of this opportunity, thus experiencing the joy expressed in the hymn,

Oh, blest the house, whate’eer befall, where Jesus Christ is all in all!
A home that is not wholly His—how sad and poor and dark it is!
Then here will I and mine today a solemn promise make and say:
Though all the world forsake His Word, I and my house will serve the Lord! (LSb 862)
Pr. Paul F. Becker

Joshua 4:24 “…that all the people of the earth may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”