Blessing of the Monastery

The blessing of a home is an Epiphany custom and a tradition at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The community gathers at the Monastery entrance to mark the doors with the current year and the inscription CBM: 20+ C+B+M+18. The initials stand for the names of the magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The letters also represent the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat which means "May Christ bless this home."

The inscription remains as a sign that blessing is wished for all who enter and depart from the monastery. The community proceeds to process around the monastery marking doorways and asking God’s blessing. "It is our hope," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, "that all who come to the monastery will rejoice to find God alive within us as we seek to welcome and serve each guest as Christ."