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Verot Community Celebrates the Epiphany with Special Guests

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 (Fort Myers, FL)

On Tuesday, January 6, Bishop Verot Catholic High School students returned from their Christmas vacation and gathered as a school community at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church to celebrate the Epiphany. The church continues its observance of the Christmas season by celebrating the Epiphany when we recall the journey of the wise men who came bearing gifts from foreign lands to worship the Christ child.

The Epiphany has many traditions, including the blessing of the home. Using specially blessed chalk, many households mark their entrance door with the year and with the inscription CMB, the initials for Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar, the traditional named of the “three kings.” The inscriptions also stand for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, which means, “Christ, bless this home.” The popular form of the inscription is 20+C+M+B+09.

Another popular custom in families and religious houses in Europe is the naming of the “kings” for the day that are given special responsibilities and privileges. On Tuesday, the Bishop Verot community continued its tradition by naming three kings chosen randomly from the student body. Bishop Verot juniors John Decker and Travis Scoma along with sophomore Chris Crowther were selected to be the three kings for the day. The three were commissioned with the task of marking CMB on all of the doorways around campus. In return for this reminder of Christ’s blessings on our “home”, the kings were granted one wish each.

Celebrating the Epiphany with the Bishop Verot community were first graders from St. Francis Xavier School in Fort Myers. At the end of the mass, the first graders performed a selection of Christmas music for the Verot community before returning to St Francis.