Chalking the Door – 2024

Thanks to the BuildingFaith Editors for sharing this Great Idea – which is not particularly new, but which can be shared in multiple ways, so here goes:

Chalking the Door is a new-old tradition: its origins lie in God’s instructions to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. In more recent years – and in Christian households – the practice has moved from the Passover feast to the New Year as a way to ‘[mark] our homes with sacred symbols and [ask] God’s blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the year’.

The BuildingFaith post offers background on the symbols used to mark a door – or step – and How-To instructions, which include:

  • Mark your calendar – January 6, every year
  • Find some chalk
  • Gather everyone
  • Pray
  • Write the inscription – let this be an intergenerational engagement!

Prayers, full liturgies, and links to additional resources are included in the post – including printable handouts for 2024, 2025, and 2026.

Chalking the Door can be a family, small group, or congregational event. Engage every generation – readers can teach about the symbols and share prayers; all ages can chalk the door.

Encourage families to share the liturgy at home and/or create an Epiphany Eve or Epiphany event at your building.

Some folx turn an Epiphany Chalking of the Door into a Proclamation of Easter. Rev. Michael K. Marsh offers a 2022 template on his website, Interrupting Silence.

Read the full post here.

Find additional ideas in our Chalking the Door 2023 Great Idea here.