The feast of the Epiphany can be marked in a special way. The custom of blessing doorways on this feast is an ancient one, and may have come from the words in the Gospel:
'And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary, his mother, and falling down they adored him.'
The Leader blesses the house, leading the family from room to room blessing each, inscribing the year and the initial of the three Magi above the door with chalk as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 18
The number of the new year is split at the beginning and end
C for Caspar, M for Melchior, B for Balthasar
The three crosses stand for ‘saint’
Letters abbr. ‘Christus Mansionem Benedicat’
‘May Christ bless the house’
Leader: Peace be to this house.
All: And to all who live here.
Leader: The Magi came to Bethlehem to adore the Lord. They offered precious gifts: Gold for the great King, Incense for the true God, Myrrh as the symbol of burial.
All: Our Father …
Leader: Let us pray - O God, who by the guidance of a star, did on this day manifest your only-begotten Son to the gentiles, grant that we may attain the vision of your majesty. Through Christ our Lord.
Leader: Lord God, bless our home and all who inhabit it with your presence. Fill them with the light of Christ that their concern for others may reflect your love. Be with the absent members of our family and bless them wherever they are. Bless with the joy of heaven, those members who have died. Heal our hurts and pain and give us greater trust in you.