Our Prayer & Care Group planned/organised our first Mass of 2020 and invited Fr John to officiate. Marking homes with chalk for the Epiphany is a tradition that dates back centuries, signifying their homes are homes where Christ lives. Usually, families gather around the front door of the home, saying a prayer before a family member makes a mark on the doorpost or front of the home. The family member than passes the chalk to another member of the family to make the next mark. The traditional markings of “CMB” refer to the names of the three Wise Men who visited the Holy Family at the Nativity — whom tradition identifies as Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar — who gifted the infant Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh. “CMB” is also an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat, which translates to “May Christ bless this home.” The numbers preceding and following symbolize the year, with crosses in between.