At our Epiphany service last Sunday we thought about how seeking God and encountering the blessing of God’s presence is a day to day experience… and to help us remember this I encouraged people in the centuries-old Epiphany tradition of ‘chalking the doors’- marking a blessing above your front door with chalk.

The idea is to chalk 20 + C + M + B + 22 (as in the photo, now over the doors of our church). The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi- Caspar, Melchior, 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 “22” at the end mark the year.

Taken together, this inscription is a prayer for Christ to bless the house and stay with those who live there- that we might seek and find him there too, as in other places. It’s an encouragement to us to offer our life at home to God and to others too, and seeing the symbols over our door each time we pass in and out in our daily routine can be a helpful reminder. It’s a great conversation starter for your guests too!

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