The Feast of The Epiphany celebrates the Magi coming to the home of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. As we celebrate we pray for blessings on our own homes and all those of our parish asking God's blessing on them and those who live in or visit them. 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 Epiphany liturgy, to write above the home's entry way, 20 + C + M + B + 20. The letters, C, M, B have two meanings; they are the initials of the traditional names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. The also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, "May Christ bless the house." The "+" signs represent the Cross and 2020 is the year.
We will bless chalk at all Masses on Sunday, January 5th, The Feast of Epiphany, and invite all to take a piece and mark their homes as they say ap prayer of blessing.
These prayers are used in our parish at a blessing of a home: