Liturgy & Prayers for
Chalking the Door
Leader:          Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
People:          Amen.

One of the following prayers may be 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.

As 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
[20] two thousand, [21] and twenty-one years ago.
[ + ] May Christ bless our home [ + ], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

C +
C + M +
C + M + B
20 + C + M + B + 21

All say the Lord’s Prayer.

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.

Traditionally The letters C M B are also an abbreviation for “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,”

Latin for “May Christ bless this dwelling.”