20 + C + M + B + 18 Blessing homes

20 + C + M + B + 18 Bless your home!

Our homes are places of rest, places of hospitality, places of refreshment and love. At the beginning of each year St Chrysostom’s encourages everyone to pray for God’s blessing on their homes. Why not share this with friends and family.

The glorious Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the coming of the wise men to the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The blessing of homes around the time of this feast, at the beginning of the new year, expresses the blessing of Christ born for us, and loving us wherever we are, and especially blessing our homes.

We suggest a simple form, and also give the traditional full form for those who wish for a grand style!

At the end of the Epiphany Mass, this year, small candles to take home are blessed. Everyone is given a candle and the words of a prayer of blessing. We are encouraged to light the candle at home, pause for a time of peace and quiet and say the prayer.

Blessed Chalk is also available for those who like to follow the tradition of marking the door with chalk.

The chalk is used in this way: Using chalk either above the door, outside, or at the side of the door, outside or inside, the markings

20 + C + M + B + 18 are made, or (20+K+M+B+18). 

20 and 18 being the year, the + being the Christian sign, C (K), M, B being the initials of the traditional names of the wise men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, they can also stand for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, the Latin words meaning, May Christ bless this home.

Or instead make a simple cross mark + is made with chalk.


These prayers are used in our parish at a blessing of a home:

God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this home and all who live in it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ who dwells among us. Amen.

Loving God, visit this home and bless it. May there be no evil here. Let your holy angels dwell here and keep all who live here in peace. May you bless us, and all whom we love, today and for evermore.    Amen.

We have been delighted to receive news that many people in different places of the world have found our encouragement of this simple custom helpful. The blessed chalk has even travelled: See, for example, here and here. 

You can read earlier posts on Home Blessings: for 2016 here, for 2015 here, and here is an example of a family using it, – and a little boy asking if it protects from vampires!

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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1 Response to 20 + C + M + B + 18 Blessing homes

  1. jimofolym says:

    Do any persons in the West do as we Eastern Christians do, bless our homes with holy water?
    It is a nice custom, the priest, preceeded by a child of the home carrying a candle go through the entire home (including bathrooms!() and splasing holy water previously blessed in the Church everywhere? And the hymn for the feast is sung by everyone . Then a little snack of whatever the house has, for the participants. Nice custom. Wish it were used in the West.

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