Epiphany & Holy Family schedule

Below is the schedule for the Epiphany related Masses and events Friday-Sunday.

Friday January 5 – Vigil of the Epiphany

5:00 PM – Blessing of Epiphany Water & Chalk* (Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel)
5:30 PM – Solemn High Mass (Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel)

Charlotte Catholic High School address: 7702 Pinesville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. Chapel is along the main entrance to the school.

*The blessing will begin at 5pm prompt.  Bring water and chalk to be blessed and place them in the chapel before 5pm. Please bring your own water and containers (need to be unsealed during blessing) as well as chalk.

Epiphany Water is a powerful sacramental and the blessing prayer contains an exorcism and the litany of the saints.  Epiphany chalk is a tradition where the head of household can mark the mantle of the door as part of the Epiphany home blessing. For more information please visit:

https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas8.html

Saturday January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany

8:15 AM – Low Mass, St. Michael the Archangel, Gastonia

10 AM – High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte (please check bulletin to confirm)

5:00 PM – Solemn High Orchestral Mass, St. Michael the Archangel, Gastonia (fulfills Sunday obligation)

Sunday January 7 – Feast of the Holy Family

12:30 PM – High Mass,  St. Ann

After Mass: Holy Family & Post-Epiphany celebration with some Spanish flair. We will serve some Rosca de Reyes (King’s cake), which is an epiphany custom throughout Spain and South America featuring a ring cake-pastry.  Inside the cake are figurines, one of which is the baby Jesus, to symbolize the Holy Family’s hiding of the baby Saviour in Egypt, far from Herold’s soldiers. The cake is traditionally eaten on Epiphany to celebrate the arrival of the Maji.

Epiphany Holy Water and Chalk will also be distributed Sunday (please bring bottles to fill up with Holy Water)

More information on Epiphany celebrations:

https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas9.html

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