Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 2:52pm
It is a tradition in many Christian households to offer an Epiphany House Blessing using chalk to mark the current year and the initials of the Magi above the outside doorways of homes. A cross is placed between each of the letters; this year the marking would be 20+C+M+B+22 (each year the last two digits would change). Then the prayer listed below (scroll down or click on the Moravian Star) is said.
"May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is Lord of all people, forever and ever. Amen."
The legendary names of the three Magi are: Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar. The initials C+M+B also stand for ther Latin words, “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means: “May Christ bless this dwelling.”