weekly photo challenge: warmth

December 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm 5 comments

epiphany blessing
location: marienplatz, munich, germany
while in munich, germany last summer, i noticed this strange inscription on the door of the church in marienplatz. i later found out that it was a remnant from the past observance of the feast of epiphany or three kings day as it’s known in the united states. occurring on jan. 6, the 12th day after christmas, it commemorates the visit of the three magi to bethlehem during the birth of jesus.

on this christian holiday, chalks are blessed in the church and given to the faithfuls who use them for marking their homes with a reminder of god’s blessings.

the markings 20 + C + M + B + 14 mean as follow:

the numbers 20 and 14 represent the current year
the letters C, M, and B represent the initials of the magi: caspar, melchior, and balthazar or the abbreviation for the latin words christus, mansionem benedicat (christ bless this house)

i haven’t seen this tradition practiced outside of bavaria, but it surely adds warmth to the heart of whoever reads it. happy holidays!

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  • 1. cpnp  |  December 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Great post! But this tradition is not limited to Bavaria. One can see this on the doors of homes in Stuttgart and the surrrounding area as well 😀

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm


      that’s nice to know. i’m glad it’s practiced elsewhere, too. it’s a great tradition.

  • 3. lifeconfusions  |  December 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    This is by far the most intriguing and unique depiction of challenge I’ve seen! Great job Plaridel!

    • 4. plaridel  |  December 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm


      just trying to be different. glad you find it intriguing. 🙂

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