What Is Chalking the Door?
This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, with
sacred symbols on our entrance. We ask
God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit in our home throughout the
In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, God tells the Israelites: “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.
What Do the Numbers and Letters Mean?
The first and last numbers signify the current year. The letters C M B signifies "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means, "May Christ bless this dwelling" and come from the customary names for the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
Liturgy & Prayers for Chalking the Door
Leader: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
or more of the following prayers maybe 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 your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.
God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.
Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Savior. Amen.
participants take turns making the inscription, the leader says:
The three Wise Men, [C] Caspar, [M] Melchior, [B] and Balthasar followed the star to Bethlehem and the child Jesus  two thousand,  and nineteen years ago. [+ +] May Christ bless our home [+ +], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.
All may say the Lord’s Prayer