As you enter Bede House, the Chapel Block or even the Main Entrance, you might notice a simple message written in chalk above or near to the doors. These aren’t graffiti but part of an Epiphany tradition carried out all around the world in which prayers are said to bless a building (usually your home).
The message reads 20+C+M+B+21, the numbers representing this year and the letters having two meanings: the traditional names of the three kings, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar (whose arrival is celebrated at Epiphany), and the Latin sentence “Christus Mansionem Benedictat” which means “May Christ bless this dwelling”. The chalk usually remains on the doorway until the natural elements erode it away and is intended as a reminder of God’s blessing upon you every time you enter or leave.
Every good wish for the New Year.