The Anglican Diocese of Texas - Serving Our Lord and Serving

Epiphany Season
(January 6 - February 17, 2015 A.D.)

The original "HUMP DAY" on which the reality of Jesus as the Christ was manifested to the Gentiles as He already had been to the 
children of Israel.

We remember the coming of the three wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child by marking the lintels of our doorways.  

The symbol +C+M+B+ with two numbers before and two numbers after (for example, 20+C+M+B+15) is sometimes seen written in chalk above the doorway of Christian homes. The letters are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. 

These letters also abbreviate the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat"May Christ bless the house." The beginning and ending numbers are the year, 2015 in the example above. 
The crosses represent Christ.

An old European practice that originally had overtones of magic (protection of the house), the symbols are now used throughout the world and usually represent a traditional Epiphany prayer and blessing.

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