Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior? Where Did That Come From?

Posted January 2, 2018 8:22 pm by Dwight Longenecker

Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior? Where Did That Come From?

The beautiful Epiphany tide custom of chalking your door is coming up.
What’s that all about?
There is a terrific explanation of the tradition here 
Put simply, you use blessed chalk to inscribe on the lintel of the door of your home a simple formula which includes the numerals for the year in question and the letters C + M + B.
It looks like this:

So what do the letters “C, M and B” stand for? Most people will tell you that they stand for the names of the three wise men–Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar–and that is certainly a venerable tradition, but I think

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