Dear SCBA Parents:
-----Happy New Year! Our first week back has been filled with lots of learning and some fun with the snow! Our Preschool class came into the office on Tuesday and threw snowballs (not real snowballs) at me! The giggles and laughter for the few minutes warmed my heart a great deal! They loved that I threw the snowballs back at them! I heard they got Fr. Don as well on Wednesday and he loved it!
-----This week we celebrated the Epiphany. The Magi made it to Mary, Joseph and Jesus with their gifts. There is a tradition of “chalking the doors” on Epiphany. The formula for this ritual is simple: take a piece of chalk and write the following above the entrance of your home:
-----The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi- Casper, Malchior, and Balthazar- who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “21” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those marked homes, that He stays with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.
-----The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world, though it appears to be somewhat less well-known in the United States. It is, however, an easy tradition to adopt, and a great practice whereby we dedicate our year to God from its very outset, asking His blessing on our homes and all who live, work or visit there. Our classrooms are chalked and we know that God will bless all who enter our rooms throughout the year.
-----Thank you for continuing to monitor your scholar’s health as we start the new school year! I know the numbers of COVID-19 in Clay County remain high, but here, at SCBA, we are doing well and this is allowing us to remain open. Each family has a part in this and I appreciate you doing your part to help keep our school open.
Many blessings to each of you.