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CHARLOTTE — Several parishes marked the Feast of the Epiphany and its related celebrations by offering Latin Masses and special festivities Jan. 5 - 7.

On Jan. 5, Charlotte Catholic High School celebrated the Vigil of Epiphany with its the annual blessing of holy chalk, salt and Epiphany holy water by Father Jason Barone, chaplain of the school and assisted by seminarian Jose Torres, followed by a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered by Father Barone and assisted by Father Matthew Kauth, rector of St. Joseph Seminary, and Father Jason Christian, parochial vicar at St. Michael Church in Gastonia.
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. The chalk is used to mark the entrances and rooms of homes with a symbol of the Maji, and the salt and holy water can be used throughout the year to protect against evil spirits. St. Mark Church in Huntersville also blessed Epiphany water, chalk that weekend.

On Jan. 6, St. Michael Church in Gastonia marked Epiphany with a Solemn Orchestral Mass in the Extraordinary Form featuring music and Gregorian chant by the Carolina Catholic Chorale. Father Kauth offered the Mass and was assisted by Father Matthew Buettner and Father Christian, pastor and parochial vicar respectively, of St. Michael Church.

Epiphany celebrations concluded on Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. After Mass, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community organized a Spanish-themed post-Epiphany celebration by offering Rosca de Reyes, a traditional Mexican or Spanish cake which is decorated to imitate the crowns of the Three Maji and hidden inside are baby figurines to represent the Baby Jesus to symbolize when he was hidden from King Herod.
The party was organized to incorporate the Spanish traditions of the small but growing number of Hispanic attendees at the Sunday Latin Mass. The day concluded with the CLMC distributing Epiphany home blessing kits which include the blessed chalk, salt, and Epiphany Holy Water blessed by Father Barone on Friday.
For more information on Latin Masses, please visit the Charlotte Latin Mass Community at www.charlottelatinmass.orgor e-mail Chris Lauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Mike FitzGerald

Other Feast of the Epiphany celebrations across the diocese are pictured in our gallery:

Father Casey Coleman did an Epiphany blessing at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva. (Della Sue Bryson, correspondent)
Father Casey Coleman did an Epiphany blessing at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva. (Della Sue Bryson, correspondent)
SHELBY — The Magi have arrived at Mary Help of Christians. (Photos provided by Giuliana Polinari Riley)
SHELBY — The Magi have arrived at Mary Help of Christians. (Photos provided by Giuliana Polinari Riley)
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. (Photo by Mike FitzGerald)
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. (Photo by Mike FitzGerald)
A Solemn Orchestral Mass was held at St. Michael Church Jan. 6. (Photo by Rolando Rivas)
A Solemn Orchestral Mass was held at St. Michael Church Jan. 6. (Photo by Rolando Rivas)
Epiphany celebrations concluded on the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. (Photo by Markus Kuncuro)
Epiphany celebrations concluded on the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. (Photo by Markus Kuncuro)
Blessed chalk to be given to parishioners at St. Mark Church.
Blessed chalk to be given to parishioners at St. Mark Church.
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
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CHARLOTTE — Several parishes marked the Feast of the Epiphany and its related celebrations by offering Latin Masses and special festivities Jan. 5 - 7.

On Jan. 5, Charlotte Catholic High School celebrated the Vigil of Epiphany with its the annual blessing of holy chalk, salt and Epiphany holy water by Father Jason Barone, chaplain of the school and assisted by seminarian Jose Torres, followed by a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered by Father Barone and assisted by Father Matthew Kauth, rector of St. Joseph Seminary, and Father Jason Christian, parochial vicar at St. Michael Church in Gastonia.
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. The chalk is used to mark the entrances and rooms of homes with a symbol of the Maji, and the salt and holy water can be used throughout the year to protect against evil spirits. St. Mark Church in Huntersville also blessed Epiphany water, chalk that weekend.

On Jan. 6, St. Michael Church in Gastonia marked Epiphany with a Solemn Orchestral Mass in the Extraordinary Form featuring music and Gregorian chant by the Carolina Catholic Chorale. Father Kauth offered the Mass and was assisted by Father Matthew Buettner and Father Christian, pastor and parochial vicar respectively, of St. Michael Church.

Epiphany celebrations concluded on Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. After Mass, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community organized a Spanish-themed post-Epiphany celebration by offering Rosca de Reyes, a traditional Mexican or Spanish cake which is decorated to imitate the crowns of the Three Maji and hidden inside are baby figurines to represent the Baby Jesus to symbolize when he was hidden from King Herod.
The party was organized to incorporate the Spanish traditions of the small but growing number of Hispanic attendees at the Sunday Latin Mass. The day concluded with the CLMC distributing Epiphany home blessing kits which include the blessed chalk, salt, and Epiphany Holy Water blessed by Father Barone on Friday.
For more information on Latin Masses, please visit the Charlotte Latin Mass Community at www.charlottelatinmass.orgor e-mail Chris Lauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Mike FitzGerald

Other Feast of the Epiphany celebrations across the diocese are pictured in our gallery:

Father Casey Coleman did an Epiphany blessing at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva. (Della Sue Bryson, correspondent)
Father Casey Coleman did an Epiphany blessing at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva. (Della Sue Bryson, correspondent)
SHELBY — The Magi have arrived at Mary Help of Christians. (Photos provided by Giuliana Polinari Riley)
SHELBY — The Magi have arrived at Mary Help of Christians. (Photos provided by Giuliana Polinari Riley)
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. (Photo by Mike FitzGerald)
The Holy Water blessing which is distinct to the Extraordinary Form and Eastern Rite is an ancient blessing that carries powerful prayers including an exorcism prayer against Satan and his devils. (Photo by Mike FitzGerald)
A Solemn Orchestral Mass was held at St. Michael Church Jan. 6. (Photo by Rolando Rivas)
A Solemn Orchestral Mass was held at St. Michael Church Jan. 6. (Photo by Rolando Rivas)
Epiphany celebrations concluded on the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. (Photo by Markus Kuncuro)
Epiphany celebrations concluded on the Feast of the Holy Family Jan. 7 at St. Ann Church in Charlotte with a High Mass offered by Father Barone. (Photo by Markus Kuncuro)
Blessed chalk to be given to parishioners at St. Mark Church.
Blessed chalk to be given to parishioners at St. Mark Church.
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — All of the doors of St. Mark Church, Family Center, St. Mark School and Christ the King School. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
HUNTERSVILLE — Seminarians helped St. Mark Church add the wisemen, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthazer to the nativity for Epiphany. The heavy Fontanini statues stand 50 inches tall and are made of marble and resin. (Photos provided by Amy G. Burger)
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Video: Celebración de la Epifanía

Video: Celebración de la Epifanía

La parroquia de Santa Ana en Charlotte organizó un domingo posterior a la Epifanía el 7 de enero, con la Misa tradicional latina ofrecida por el Padre Barone. Después de la Misa, la Comunidad de Charlotte Latin Mass organizó una celebración después de la Epifanía con tema español ofreciendo Rosca de Reyes, un pastel tradicional mexicano o español que está decorado para imitar las coronas de los Tres Reyes Magos .

Dentro de la torta de Rosca hay muñecas blancas escondidas que representan al Niño Jesús para simbolizar cuando estuvo escondido del Rey Herodes.

La fiesta se organizó para incorporar las tradiciones españolas del pequeño pero creciente número de asistentes hispanos en la Misa Dominical Latina. El día concluyó con la distribución de los kits de bendición para el hogar de Epifanía, que incluyen bendita tiza, sal y Agua Bendita de Epifanía, que fueron bendecidos por Padre Jason Barone en la Vigilia de la Epifanía (5 de enero).

Los kits están disponibles en St. Ann narthex hasta que se agotan. La Misa tradicional latina es la antigua Misa que se ofreció en América Latina y España durante siglos hasta la década de 1960 y presenta al sacerdote ofreciendo oraciones en latín y música con canto gregoriano. Esta misa se ofrece en la parroquia St. Ann en Charlotte (3635 Park Road, Charlotte) a las 12:30 p. M. Todos los domingos.

Para obtener más información sobre las Misas latinas, visite Charlotte Latin Mass Community en www.charlottelatinmass.orgo envíe un correo electrónico a Chris Lauer a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Mike FitzGerald