Saturday, January 07, 2023

Chalk That Door - The Christian Mezuza

On or around January 6th, Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, a holiday primarily commemorating the Magi's visit to the baby Jesus and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Eastern traditions, which usually call the holiday Theophany, focus on Jesus' baptism, seen as the manifestation of Christ as both fully human and fully divine.

The three Wise Men, Kings, and the Three Magi—were distinguished foreigners in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition. They are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Part of the celebration involves chalking the door - not unlike the mezuzah, also spelled Mezuza (Hebrew: “doorpost”), a small folded or rolled parchment inscribed with scriptural verses (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21) to remind Jews of their obligations toward God

The blessing  of the House, the chalking, is done as a family.  While anyone can do it, fathers, as spiritual leaders are encouraged to take the lead.

The Christian inscription is performed yearly as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year


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