Polish Marking of the Doors - WWQCAEINCENSE

Polish Marking of the Doors - WWQCAEINCENSE

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A Polish Tradition

Comes with frankincense, myrrh, gold and one piece of chalk.

What is Chalking the Door?

This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, usually at the front or main entrance, to ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. The front door to your house is the main entrance to your home, a threshold.  You can bless all those who enter or leave by writing above the door the first two numbers of the year+C+M+B+ the last two numbers of the year.

Traditionally chalk, which is blessed on the Feast of Epiphany, is used for this purpose. There are two theories for the meaning of the letters. The most popular tells us that they stand for the names of the three wise men: Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The other says that it means "Christmas mansionem benedicat" which translates as "May Christ bless this dwelling."