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  • C M B

    The letters C, M, and B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the    Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  They also abbreviate the Latin words   “Christus mansionem benedicat.” “May Christ bless the house.”  The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, (the feast of the Epiphany)         as well as the purpose of blessing.

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    The crosses represent the protection of the Precious Blood of Christ, whom we invoke, and the holiness of the Three Magi sanctified by their adoration of the Infant Christ.
    The inscription is made above the front door, so that all who enter and depart this year may enjoy God’s blessing.   The inscription is made of chalk, a product of clay, which recalls the human nature taken by the Eternal Word of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
     

               All:   Make the Sign of the Cross.
     
    Head of Household:  Peace be to this house and to all who dwell here in the name of the Lord.
     
                All:    Blessed be God forever.
     
    Reader:     A reading from the Gospel of John.
     
    In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be..... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3.14)
     
            All:    Praise to you , Lord Jesus Christ.
     

    After the inscription is made, the head of Household prays aloud:

     Bless, O Lord, Almighty God, this home, that in it there may be health, chastity, humility, goodness, and industry, a fullness of law and the action of graces through God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that this blessing may remain on this home and on those who frequent it. 
     
       We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.