Chalk, a substance made of common elements of the earth.
We use chalk in this blessing as an ordinary substance put to holy use.
Today we observe and celebrate Epiphany. A day we mark to commemorate the visiting of the Christ Child by the three Magi with their gifts.
“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of Epiphany and God’s Blessing of our lives and home.
With time through the year, as the chalk fades, may the meaning and symbols sink into our hearts and manifest in our words and actions.
All are welcome to adopt this custom.
Above our door are written in chalk the symbols and numbers
Some remember the names of the three wise men:
Caspar, Melchior, Balthazaar
While others choose the abbreviated Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat
“May Christ Bless the house.”
The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.
May Christ Bless your dwelling and Peace be to this house and to all who live, work and visit your home.
May all our homes be bathed in Grace & Goodness.
In this together,