“Chalking the door” is a way to

celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the

Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home.

With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the

meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of

our heart and be manifest in our words and actions the

Latin words, Christus mansionem benedictat, “May

Christ bless the house.”

Instructions for Blessing the Home

Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your

front door (or front porch step) as follows: 20 + C

+ M + B + 19 while saying: The three Wise Men,

Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star

of God’s Son who became human two thousand

and fifteen years ago. May Christ bless our home

and remain with us throughout the new year.


Then offer the following prayer: Visit, O blessed

Lord, this home with the gladness of your

presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the

gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest

your love to each other and to all whose lives we

touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge

and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us

in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

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