Advent 23

December 2022

What an amazing door! I wonder what your front door says about you? Does it suggest a 

warm welcome, a place of Christian hospitality?

In many European countries there is a tradition of blessing one’s house on the 6th January when the arrival of the magi is celebrated. The doors or lintels are marked in chalk with the sign of the cross, the year and the letters C M B – Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar or Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.”

+ 20 + C + M + B + 23 +

Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” Luke 10:5

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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