20 + C + M + B + 19
Chalking the doorposts is a Christian epiphany-tide tradition used to bless one’s home.
What do the numbers and letter mean?
The first and last numbers simply refer to the year (2019). The letters C M B come from the traditional names for the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also refer to the Latin, ‘Christus Mansionem Benedicat’, which means “May Christ bless this dwelling!”
Join us in praying this Epiphany Blessing for our Community House…
We chalk our doorposts ‘Christ’
We make space for Gods manifold presence
to be manifest.
Our front door wide open
May Christ bless our family and home;
and all who step inside or stay under our roof.
We chalk our doorposts ‘May’
We say thanks to God for providing at every turn
Our arms wide open
May Christ bless our basket and bread bowl;
and all who sit around our table and share a meal.
We chalk our doorposts ‘Bless’
We remind ourselves that God is with us,
hidden in plain sight.
Our eyes wide open
May Christ bless our coming in and going out;
our schools and workplaces and the land beneath our feet.
May Christ Bless [this house] 2019