Blessing of the House and Chalking of the Doorpost
May peace be to this house and to all who enter here.
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.”
Let us pray. O God you showed the world that Jesus was born by the light of a bright, shining star. We pray that you bless this house, all those who live here and those who will visit here throughout this year. Give us your gracious, guiding and peaceful presence. May your love be our inspiration, your wisdom be our guide, your truth be our light, and your peace be our strength; through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
Chalking the doorpost with the inscription: 20 + C M B + 18
The magi of old, known as …
M Melchior, and
followed the star of God’s Son, who came to dwell among us …
20 two thousand 18 and eighteen years ago.
+ Christ, bless this house,
+ and remain with us throughout the year. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Lord God, the maker of heaven and earth. Watch over our going out and our coming in, from this time forth for evermore. Amen.