Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Did you know that, in the traditions of our Eastern brothers and sisters, people bless their homes for the New Year?  Take the time as a family to bless your own home this holiday season.  Using a piece of chalk, gather near your door and write somewhere on the inside of the doorway the symbols you see above.  The number of the year is split at the beginning and the end, and the letters you see there stand for the names of the three wise men -- Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  They also stand for “Christus mansionem benedicat” meaning “May Christ bless this house.”  The three crosses you see stand for “saint”.  Keep that in mind as you write and simply ask Christ to bless your home, all who inhabit it, and all who visit it.