Sunday, January 3, 2021
Saying goodbye (more like good riddance!) to one of the most trying years we faced with a worldwide pandemic, let us welcome 2021 by welcoming God into our homes in a very special, unique way. This year we invite you to take part in an old tradition of “chalking the door” to celebrate the Epiphany, the day that marks the arrival of the magi, to the place where Jesus was born! The Epiphany will be celebrated on Sunday, January 3 as the 12th day of Christmas. All you need are the prayers (see below), chalk and holy water for your own celebration!
What is “Chalking the Door”?
“Chalking the door” is a sign and symbol of asking God’s blessing upon those who live, work or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God’s presence and blessing into our homes.
In Deuteronomy 6:9, God tells the people of Israel, “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house… You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Chalking the door is a tangible way to honor God in our lives.
How to Participate
- Using chalk, write on the outside of house or inside above the front main entrance, above or next to an entrance: +20 Christus Mansionem Benedicat 21+ or +20 C M B 21+
- Pray (and sprinkle the entrance with holy water): Lord God of heaven and earth, You revealed Your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who live here and all who visit. May we be blessed with health, kindess of heart, gentleness and the keeping of Your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
+20 C M B 21+
The letters C M B come from the traditional names for the three kings, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. It is also an abbreviation for “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means, “May Christ bless this dwelling”! The first and last numbers simply refer to the current year.