Epiphany 2020

20 + C + M + B + 20

There is an almost forgotten tradition for the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) when the family gathers together to ask God’s blessing on their home and family. It is a constant reminder for Jesus to be present in our homes.

Take a piece of white chalk-one that is blessed is preferred- and mark the lintel of your front door as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 20 while praying the following:

The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar were guided by and followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and twenty years ago.
May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year.

Then say the following prayer:
Blessed Lord, visit this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless those who live here and all who visit with the gift of your love; let us display your love to all whose lives we touch. May we come to know you more intimately in the knowledge and love of you; comfort us, guide us and strengthen us , Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen.

The lintel inscription represents the initials of the Magi — Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home and also mean: “May Christ bless this house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “20” at the end mark the year.

This special marking is a request for Christ to bless the home and stay with those who dwell there for the entire year.

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