The Epiphany Blessing

At the end of today’s Epiphany service, the Vicar led everyone to the main door at the back of church for prayers of blessing.

This blessing of the doorway is an ancient custom where the letters C + M + B, the initials of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar) and the New Year, 2022 are chalked on the stonework with the + symbols representing blessings.

Members of the congregation then took chalk back to their own homes to bless their doorways in a similar way.