Are you ready to celebrate Twelfth Night and Epiphany? Here's a handy checklist, based on my previous post on our plans for Christmastide.
Eve of Epiphany, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, January 5.
For the Feast of the Holy Name
Plan a time to, as a family or individually, make reparation for the blasphemies against the Holy Name of Jesus. The Litany of the Holy Name and the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are good options.
For Twelfth Night
Make your Galette des Rois or some other cake (I'm doing mine today). Don't forget to put your dried kidney bean or some other trinket inside.
Make your wassail (can be done day of).
Make your paper crown to go on top of the cake, then on the head of whoever got the kidney bean (and is, hence, King or Queen for the day). I made mine with cardstock, markers, scissors, and tape. You can then place it around your manger scene, to "crown Jesus".
Prepare some haw or straw to leave out for the Magi's camels, in the hopes they will pass by your house to drop off some presents on their way to find the Christ Child. If you don't have hay or straw, you could probably get creative... camels aren't too picky, right?
Get the children's gifts ready to leave out before you go to bed so they find them in the morning.
Feast of the Epiphany
January 6 (if your parish follows the old calendar)
Find out your priest's plan for the special Epiphany blessings. We have to bring our chalk and water for him to bless on the Vigil of Epiphany. Other parishes hand out chalk beforehand. If there is no formal plan in place, you might have to reach out to your priest ahead of time. If he does the blessing of gold, frankincense, and myrhh during the Mass, wear your gold jewelrey to get it blessed.
Prepare for the epiphany house blessing. You will need the epiphany water and chalk, along with the formal blessing (which can be found here). A priest present is preferable, but not required. The head of house can do it.
Prepare for saint drawing for your family's 2020 patron saint. Have everyone be thinking of a saint or two suggest, then write them down to draw names, or do it however you want to on Epiphany. It just helps to prepare the family to get them thinking of saints meaningful to them.
Any more tips? Please add them to the comments! And have a blessed Epiphany, everyone!