Why is “20+C+M+B+12” written above the doors at school?

Amanda Arcy, Staff Writer

As Catholics we celebrate the holiday called Epiphany, which is also known as “Three Kings Day” and “Twelfth Day”. This Christian holiday is celebrated on January 6, which falls on the twelfth day after Christmas. This feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ.
On the Feast of Epiphany, Catholics celebrate it by having priests bless the doors of homes, schools, and churches. At Divine Child, Reverend Bechill came into school and blessed all the classrooms and doorways. With chalk, Father wrote “20+C+M+B+12”. The “20+…+12” is for the year 2012. “C+M+B” stands for the Three Magi’s first names. The three Magi’s names were Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

As with most sides of the Christian liturgical calendar, Epiphany has theological significance as a teaching tool in the church. The Magi who brought gifts to the child Jesus were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as “King” and so were the first to “show” Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi, which corresponded to Simeon’s blessing that this child Jesus would be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32), was one of the first indications that Jesus came for all people, of all nations, of all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.

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