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

During Epiphanytide, which lasts until Ash Wednesday, you can join other Christians around the world in writing 20+C+M+B+22 above your door. This ancient yet ever-changing formula referred to as holy grafitti is part of the ritual know as 'chalking the door.' The letters C, M, B represent the traditional names for the 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 sign between the numbers and letters represent the cross. Anyone can write the "holy grafitti" on the lintel of their door--or write the words on a piece of paper, seal it in a plastic bag, and tape it to the door frame. For more information on this practice and how Episcopalians are participating, visit

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