Oh please, tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know about this. I mean, it’s not like it just slipped my mind in recent years or anything; I’ve been a practising Catholic all my life, and I’ve never once heard of it. And no disrespect intended, but I can hardly imagine, when it’s so difficult to even find a priest available these days to give the Last Rites in time, that we are going to be able to persuade them to come to all of our homes and inscribe the Magis’ initials over our doors. Well, thank goodness the father of the family can take the priest’s place in this situation. Now all I have to do is find some blessed chalk. And my husband. Has anyone ever heard of blessed chalk? Of course you have. I’m the only one who doesn’t know what’s going on.
Edited to add: Believe me, I’m all for the blessing of our homes, whether it is when we move in, once a year or for any occasion when the family desires it. I’ve also been told to put little containers of holy water on the windowsills every January 1st, and I have done this in the past. What took me by surprise was reading that apparently it is part of our Catholic tradition to bless our homes in the name of the Magis, and I really can’t imagine any Catholic priest or family wishing to do so. If you google this Epiphany House Blessing and look at the information on the Catholic Culture site, for example, you’ll find the entire blessing. It also states that the initials, C, M, B, (of the Magi) can also be interpreted as the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat which means Christ bless this house. I think that’s more like it.