Many cultures celebrate Epiphany and commemorate the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child with a special house blessing. This blessing is a wonderful way to mark the new year and bless your family home. You can do that with your family this weekend. There are blessing kits available for you to take home. If you have the holy water and chalk from last year, just grab the prayer cards, which are updated for 2022. If you want the holy water and chalk, they are available for you. The prayer card has the instructions for you to follow. You may have seen chalk writing above the door of a home. The pattern for the chalk writing is: 20+C+M+B+22.
The “+” signs represent the cross and 2022 is the year. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Conveniently, they also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat – “May Christ bless the house.”