The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and Blessing of the Chalk on Sunday, Jan. 6. Epiphany, also known as the Feast of the Three Kings, is celebrated 12 days after Christmas in remembrance of the Three Kings, or Wise Men, who visited Jesus.
“Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts,” said Father John Broussard, CPM, Shrine Rector. “Epiphany commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity was manifested – when the Three Kings visited baby Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan.”
It is also tradition that priests bless chalk for each family so that they may mark the names of the Three Kings over their doors, as a blessing of homes and a witness of their faith and protection against evil. The Feast of the Epiphany schedule at Champion Shrine on Jan. 6 includes Confessions at 10 am, the Rosary at 10:30 am and Mass and Blessing of the Chalk at 11 am. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is located at 4047 Chapel Drive in Champion. It is open 365 days a year, from 7 am to 7 pm. For more information, visit ShrineOfOurLadyOfGoodHelp.com.