Epiphany Home Blessing

The wise men were welcomed by the Holy Family. Here is a tradition from Germany where a house is blessed at Epiphany. Just as the Holy Family welcomed the wise men ask God to bless your home and welcome strangers to it throughout the coming year. Use chalk to write a coded message over your front door or on your gate. 20+C+M+B+the last two digits of the current year

The letters represent the traditional names of the wise men – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  They can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (Christ bless this house).

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