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For an Epiphany blessing, chalk your door with 'holy grafitti'!

During Epiphanytide, which lasts until Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17, you can join other Christians around the world in writing 20+C+M+B+21 over your door. The numbers, letters, and symbols in this ancient yet ever-changing formula, referred to as holy grafitti, are part of the ritual know as 'chalking the door.' The letters C, M, B come from the traditional names for the three wise men (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar), whose arrival at Mary and Joseph's home is celebrated on the Epiphany. The first and last numbers refer to the current year, and the plus signs between the numbers and letters represent the cross. Anyone can chalk the holy grafitti on the lintel of their door--or write the formula on a piece of paper, seal it in a plastic bag, and tape the bag over the door frame. For more information on this practice and how the Episcopalians are participating, visit






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