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This small wood plaque features the letters and numbers of the traditional Epiphany Home Blessing known as "chalking the door." This beloved Epiphany tradition has been used by Catholics for centuries as a way of inviting the Christ Child into the home and the hearts of those who dwell there.
The blessing is traditionally conducted with chalk on the Feast of the Epiphany by either a priest or the father of the household. After a few short prayers and/or scripture readings, the leader writes the blessing inscription in chalk above the doors to the home.
The traditional blessing has the first two numbers of the current year followed by the letters C, M, B, and the last two numbers of the current year. For example, on Epiphany 2018, the inscription will read 20+C+M+B+18. The letters have a dual-symbolism, representing the three Magi in Christian tradition (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar) as well as the letters of the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedict" (May Christ bless this house).
Each Epiphany Home Blessing plaque is 100% made in the U.S.A., cut by hand in our Steubenville workshop and then digitally printed with hi-tech inks that slowly stain and permeate the wood with scratch-free text and graphics. This plaque has the entire Epiphany blessing except for the last two numbers which you can write in chalk yourself every year. For Epiphany 2100, yes, you will need to purchase a new plaque.
This black plaque measures 3”x16” and includes a twine cord that hangs 2” to 3” above the plaque. See additional photos for reference.
Because these rustic plaques are cut from real lumber, each piece may have cracks, knots, and other imperfections that add character and authenticity. As unique as human fingerprints, no two plaques are alike.
Please be aware that we cannot offer refunds or exchanges for imperfections in the wood as this is part of the rustic nature of the lumber.
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