Mount Carmel priest keeps tradition of blessing homes for Epiphany alive

By Eric Scicchitano Published: January 20, 2013
Copyright ©2013 The News Item, 707 N. Rock St., Shamokin, PA

MARION HEIGHTS — The Rev. John A. Szada Jr. walks purposefully through a couple’s borough home, sprinkling holy water in each and every room.
With scripture read and prayer recited, he presents a piece of chalk and turns toward the home’s front entryway.
“And now is the other interesting part,” Szada said, before reaching up to the door frame and scrawling “20+B+C+M+13.”
“That’s it. Now, he’s looking here and saying, ‘What’s those strange marks up there?’ ”
Szada blessed the home of Lance and Melissa Stabinski, parishioners of Divine Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, the church to which Szada was assigned two years ago. In doing so, he explained the technical aspects of the ritual along with the “strange marks.”
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