Thursday, January 6, 2011

20 C+M+B 11

Today is Epiphany, also called Theophany, Twelfth Night, and the Adoration of the Magi. Traditionally it is today we celebrate the extension of grace through Christ to the gentiles represented by the three Persian Magi that traveled great distance to honor the Christ Child. Of course being the holiday of the Magi, this all has special meaning for those of us that are sorcerously inclined and is an excellent time to begin any long term work.

For instance it is the traditional day to bless your house by consecrating chalk and writing the year and the initials C+M+B above the door. Of course the CMB stand for Caspar Melchior and Balthazar but also has the meaning of "Christus Mansionem Benedictat" (Christ bless this home).

It is normally done in this pattern: 20 C+M+B 11

It is also a good day to make a Three Wise Man cocktail:

1 part Scotch Whisky (recommend a blended Scotch for Coctails. Johnnie Walker Red or Black. Green, Gold and Blue should never be mixed with anything else.
1 part Tennessee Whiskey (e.g., Jack Daniels).
1 part Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (e.g., Jim Beam White or Black Label).
Serve either neat or on the rocks, according to taste.

Variations include:

Three Wise Men go Hunting, which is the recipe above with the addition of Wild Turkey Bourbon.
Three  Men and a Baby: recipe above, add milk. (YUCK!)
Four Horsemen: above recipe with the addition of 1 part Jose Cuervo


May the blessings of Wisdom and Personal Sovereignty be upon your houses this day. All of you, without exception.


The Scribbler said...

My family and I wrote the formula over our apartment door (we're very familiar with it from their Waldorf school, where they do this over every classroom door each year)and we sprinkled water in every room while intoning benedictions.

Dana said...

I was curious as to the actual consecration of the chalk and found this on a priest's blog:

In my previous parish, the priests blessed broken bits of chalk (easily purchased from a stationary shop) at the end of each Epiphany Mass, using the traditional formula from the Rituale:

O Lord God, bless this chalk that it may be used for the salvation of the human race. Through the invocation of Thy most Holy Name grant that whoever shall take of this chalk and write with it upon the doors of his house the names of Thy saints, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, may through their merits and intercession receive health of body and protection of soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jason Miller, said...


Thanks for that

Jack Faust said...

Don't we have roughly 13 days until Epiphany occurs under the Gregorian (rather than Julian) calendar?