The Magi or the Kings brought to the Baby Jesus their "tools of the trade." Gold, frankincense and myrrh were used by Magi (magicians) in the composition of incantations, etc. By laying down their tools at the feet of the King, they showed their obeisance and homage to Him.
A common theological interpretation, however, of the meaning of the gifts are as follows:
Gold is a gift fit for a King,
and Jesus is King!
Frankincense is a gift fit for God,
and Jesus is God!
Myrrh is a gift fit for a mortal man, as it is used in anointing the body for burial,
and Jesus is Man!
One way we celebrate the
Epiphany is by crowning a queen.
Our Queen keeps a very special statue of the Baby Jesus for a year.
A Mass is also offered for her intentions.
This year our queen is Sr. Grace.
May our year be filled with grace!
The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home
Let Jesus reign over your family by enthroning His Sacred Heart in your home. By "enthroning" an image of the Sacred Heart in a prominent place in your home, and by living a life of intimacy with the Sacred Heart, you and your family will be transformed by the love of God. For more information on this devotion, its wonderful effects, and on how to have the Sacred Heart enthroned in your home go to:
“Welcome the presence of the Heart of Christ, entrusting your home to Him… Seek to draw from this open heart the saving and healing love that is so necessary for families today… in order to build a civilization of love" -St. John Paul II
Sunday, November 23 is the Feast of Christ the King.
Here is an indulgenced Consecration to prayed on that day:
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before your altar. We are yours and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them all to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.
Eucharist is Greek for "Thanksgiving"
When Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, He was holding His Heart and said:
"Behold this Heart which has so loved men, that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself in order to testify to its love. In return, I have received from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and their sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this sacrament of Love."
Let us repair Jesus' Heart, broken by the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men, by loving Him and thanking Him for all those who do not. The best way we can console His Sacred Heart is to receive Him in the Sacrament of Love, in Holy Communion. On Thanksgiving Day, go to Mass and receive Jesus worthily in Holy Communion, in thanksgiving for all the good that He has done for us.
Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come before Him singing for joy...
Go within in His gates giving thanks!
Enter His courts with songs of praise! Give thanks to Him and bless His Name!
PS 100:1-2, 4