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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.


Chalk the door - An Epiphany Blessing

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This year we invite you to take part in the old tradition of 'chalking the door' to celebrate Epiphany - the day marks the arrival of the Magi, to the place where Jesus was born. This year Epiphany will be celebrated on Saturday 6th January, the 12th day of Christmas.


What is chalking of the door?


This is a sign and symbol asking Gods blessing upon those who live, work or visit throughout the year to come. Using some chalk write on the outside of your house or inside above the front main entrance

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The letters come from the traditional names for The Three Kings Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. It is also an abbreviation for "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means "May Christ bless this dwelling". The numbers simply refer to the current year.


Pray together


Lord God

bless this house and all who live here and all who visit .

May we be blessed with health, kindness of heart and gentleness.

Fill us with the light of Christ,

that our love for each other may go out to all.

We ask this through Christ our Lord




For many years now every doorway in our school has had this blessing above them.


Please accept our invitation to do the same at home.


Perhaps you could take a picture and send it to us, all pictures received will be put on the school website. Please email pictures to