✨20 + C + M + B + 22 ✨

Updated: Apr 19

✨20 + C + M + B + 22 ✨

Happy Epiphany to all! Today we will be celebrating baking cookies this afternoon a wonderful evening meal , having one last celebration before the Christmas festivities are officially over. We will also be chalking this above our door:

“The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the weeks following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.

A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the liturgy for the Feast of Epiphany and write the following above the home’s entryway:

20 + C + M + B + 22.

The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2022 is the year.

Marking the doorway to one’s home is rooted in the Old Testament. Holy Scripture reminds us that God has at times commanded his people to mark their doors. The Israelites marked their doors with the lamb’s blood on the night of the passover (Exodus 12:7). A similar command was given with the Shema Yisrael:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart …

and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-6, 9)”

Michael K Marsh, Interrupting the Silence.

I wish you all a blessed day and wonderful Epiphany if you celebrate!

Peace and love to all

K x

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