Prayers

Blessings (Shorter Rites)

In a decree 'Urbis et Orbis' on the 14th of September, 2002 , the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments established that the sign of the cross must be made by the sacred ministers in all blessings even if there is no indication in the text itself. This gesture is to be made when the word "bless" or similar is used, or at the end of the prayer if the text lacks these words.

1.    Blessing Of A Married Couple
2.    Blessing Of Children
3.    Blessing Of Parents Before Childbirth
4.    Blessing Of A Mother Before Childbirth
5.    Blessing Of A Mother After Childbirth
6.    Blessing Of Parents After Miscarriage
7.    Blessing On The Occasion Of A Birthday
8.    Blessing Of Elderly People Confined To Their Homes
9.    Blessing Of The Sick
10.  Blessing Of Students And Teachers
11.  Blessing Of Travelers
12.  Blessing For A Catechetical Or Prayer Meeting
13.  Blessing Of Religious Articles
14.  Blessing Of A Rosary
15.  Blessing Of Boats And Fishing Gear
16.  Blessing Of The Various Means Of Transportation
17.  Blessing Of Animals
18.  Blessing Of Tools Or Other Equipment For Work
19.  Blessing Of Seeds At Planting Time
20.  Blessing Of An Athletic Event
21.  Blessing Of Homes During The Christmas Or Easter Season
22.  Blessing Of An Advent Wreath
23.  Blessing Of A Christmas Manger Or Nativity Scene
24.  Blessing Of A Christmas Tree
25.  Blessing Of Food On Thanksgiving Day
26.  Blessing Of Food For The First Meal Of Easter
27.  Blessing Of Throats On The Feast Of St.Blaise
28.  Blessing of St. Joseph’s Table




1. BLESSING OF A MARRIED COUPLE

The minister says:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Mark 10:8-9
Jesus answered the Pharisees, saying: "They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

John 15:9, 10, 11
Jesus said: "Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete."

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the appropriate prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.


A) On the 25th, 50th, 60th, or other anniversary

Lord God and Creator,
we bless and praise your name.
In the beginning you made man and woman,
so that they might enter a communion of life and love.
You likewise blessed the union of N. with N.,
so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church:
look with kindness on them today.
Amid the joys and struggles of their life
you have preserved the union between them;
renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace,
so that (surrounded by their children)
they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

B) On other occasions

Almighty and eternal God,
you have so exalted the unbreakable bond of marriage
that it has become the sacramental sign
of your Son's union with the Church as his spouse.

Look with favor on N. and N.,
whom you have united in marriage,
as they ask for your help
and the protection of the Virgin Mary.
They pray that in good times and in bad
 they will grow in love for each other;
that they will resolve to be of one heart in the bond of peace.
Lord, in their struggles let them rejoice
that you are near to help them;
in their needs let them know
that you are there to rescue them;
in their joys let them see
that you are the source and completion of every happiness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


2. BLESSING OF CHILDREN

The minister says:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Mark 10:14
When Jesus saw the disciples rebuking the people he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

Or:
Matthew 18:3

Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."

Or:
Matthew 18:5

Jesus said to his disciples: "Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me."

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the appropriate prayer of blessing while laying hands on the child; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A) A child already baptized

Lord Jesus Christ,
you loved children so much that you said:
"Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me."
Hear our prayers and,
with your unfailing protection,
watch over this child
whom you have blessed with the grace of baptism.
When he/she has grown to maturity,
 grant that he/she will confess your name in willing faith,
be fervent in charity,
and persevere courageously in the hope of reaching your kingdom,
where you live and reign for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

B) A child not yet baptized

All-powerful God and Father,
you are the source of all blessings,
 the protector of infants,
whose gift of children
enriches and brightens a marriage.
Look with favor on this child and,
when he/she is reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,
bring him/her into your own spiritual family, the Church,
there to become a sharer in your kingdom
and with us to bless your name for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

As circumstances suggest, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.

May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless + you, N., and keep you in his love, now and for ever. R. Amen.


3. BLESSING OF PARENTS BEFORE CHILDBIRTH

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the first book of Samuel:
1:19-20, 24-2:1

The birth of Samuel.

Early the next morning Elkanah and Hannah worshiped before the Lord, and then returned to their home in Ramah. When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah, the Lord remembered her. She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the Lord for him. Once he was weaned, she brought him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the Lord." She left him there; and as she worshiped the Lord, she said: "My heart exults in the LORD, my horn is exalted in my God. I have swallowed up my enemies; I rejoice in my victory."

Or:
Luke 1:39-45--The baby leapt in my womb for joy.
Luke 1:26-38--You shall conceive and bear a son.
Luke 2:1-14--She gave birth to her firstborn son.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched over the parents; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Gracious Father,
your Word, spoken in love,
created the human family and,
in the fullness of time,
your Son, conceived in love,
restored it to your friendship.
Hear the prayers of N. and N.,
who await the birth of their child.
Calm their fears when they are anxious.
Watch over and support these parents
and bring their child into this world
safely and in good health,
so that as members of your family
they may praise you and glorify you
through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
now and for ever.
R. Amen.


4. BLESSING OF A MOTHER BEFORE CHILDBIRTH

The minister says:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Isaiah 44:3
I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground, and streams upon the dry land; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing upon your descendants.

Or:
Luke 1:41-42a

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the following prayer of blessing with hands outstretched over the mother; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord God, Creator of the human race,
your Son, through the working of the Holy Spirit,
 was born of a woman,
so that he might pay the age-old debt of sin
and save us by his redemption.
Receive with kindness the prayer of your servant
as she asks for the birth of a healthy child.
Grant that she may safely deliver
a son or a daughter to be numbered among your family,
to serve you in all things,
 and to gain eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord
. R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

As circumstances suggest, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.

God has brought gladness and light to the world through the Virgin Mary's delivery of her child. May Christ fill your heart with his holy joy and keep you and your baby safe from harm. In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.


5. BLESSING OF A MOTHER AFTER CHILDBIRTH

The minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Luke 1:68-69
Zechariah prayed: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant.

Or:

1 Samuel 1:27  - I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 -  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

O God,
our every blessing comes from you
and you welcome the simple prayers
of those who bless your name.
Grant that this mother
may live in reliance on your goodness
and in thankfulness to you.
Give to her and to her child the joyful reassurance
that you are always near to protect them.
 We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

As circumstances suggest, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.


May the Lord God almighty, who through the earthly birth of his own Son has filled the whole world with joy, so bless + you that the child he has given you will always bring joy to your heart. R. Amen.


6. BLESSING OF PARENTS AFTER MISCARRIAGE

All make the sign of the cross, as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the book of Lamentations:
3:17-26

Hope in the Lord.


My soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is; I tell myself my future is lost, all that I hoped for from the Lord. The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall; Remembering it over and over leaves my soul downcast within me. But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Good is the LORD to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him; It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the LORD.

Or:
Romans 8:26-31--If God is for us, who can be against us?
Colossians 1:9-12--We have been praying for you unceasingly.

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched over the parents; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Compassionate God,
soothe the hearts of N. and N.,
and grant that through the prayers of Mary,
who grieved by the cross of her Son,
you may enlighten their faith,
give hope to their hearts,
and peace to their lives.
Lord, grant mercy to all the members of this family
and comfort them with the hope
that one day we will all live with you,
with your Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Or:

Lord, God of all creation,
we bless and thank you for your tender care.
Receive this life you created in love
and comfort your faithful people in their time of loss
with the assurance of your unfailing mercy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.



7. BLESSING ON THE OCCASION OF A BIRTHDAY

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians:
1:3-11

Thanks be to God.


 I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Or:
1 Thessalonians 3:9-11--May you grow in holiness.
Matthew 5:1-12--The beatitudes.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A) For adults

God of all creation,
we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life.
Hear the prayers of N., your servant,
who recalls today the day of his/her birth
and rejoices in your gifts
of life and love, family and friends.
Bless him/her with your presence
and surround him/her with your love
that he/she may enjoy many happy years,
all of them pleasing to you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

B) For children


Loving God,
you created all the people of the world
and you know each of us by name.
We thank you for N.,
who today celebrates his/her birthday.
Bless him/her with your love and friendship
that he/she may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace.
May he/she love his/her family always
and be faithful to his/her friends.
Grant this through Christ our Lord
. R. Amen.


8. BLESSING OF ELDERLY PEOPLE CONFINED TO THEIR HOMES

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Wisdom 4:8
For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years.

Or:

James 5:7-8

Be patient, therefore, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient.

Or:

Luke 9:23

Then Jesus said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

A minister who is a priest or deacon may, as circumstances suggest, extend his hands over the elderly person or trace the sign of the cross on the elderly person's forehead, as he says the prayer of blessing; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord God almighty, bless your servant, N., to whom you have given a long life. Let him/her be aware of your nearness, so that, when he/she worries about past failings, he/she will rejoice in your mercy and, when he/she thinks of the future, he/she will faithfully rely on you as his/her hope. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

As circumstances suggest, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.

May almighty God bless + you, for he forsakes no one, but with fatherly care sustains you, his child, even in old age and failing strength. R. Amen.


9. BLESSING OF THE SICK

The minister says:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.

Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves."

As circumstances suggest, a minister who is a priest or deacon may lay hands on the sick person while saying the prayer of blessing; a lay minister may trace the sign of the cross on the sick person's forehead while saying the prayer.

Lord and Father,
almighty and eternal God,
by your blessing
you give us strength and support in our frailty:
turn with kindness toward your servant, N.
Free him/ her from all illness
and restore him/ her to health,
so that in the sure knowledge of your goodness
he/she will gratefully bless your holy name.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

As circumstances suggest, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.


May he who alone is Lord and Redeemer bless + you, N. May he give health to your body and holiness to your soul. May he bring you safely to eternal life. R. Amen.



10. BLESSING OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the book of Sirach:
6:32-37

If you are willing to listen you will learn.

If you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise. Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him. Be eager to hear every godly discourse; let no wise saying escape you. If you see a man of prudence, seek him out; let your feet wear away his doorstep! Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; Then he will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant.


Or:

Wisdom 7:9-21--Learn wisdom.
Sirach 4:11-18--The rewards of wisdom.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11--This is the gospel I preached to you.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord our God,
in your wisdom and love
you surround us with the mysteries of the universe.
In times long past
you sent us your prophets to teach your laws
and to bear witness to your undying love.
You sent us your Son
to teach us by word and example
that true wisdom comes from you alone.
Send your Spirit
upon these students and their teachers
and fill them with your wisdom and blessings.
Grant that during this academic year
they may devote themselves to their studies
and share what they have learned from others.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Or:

Lord God,
your Spirit of wisdom fills the earth
and teaches us your ways.
Look upon these students.
Let them enjoy their learning
and take delight in new discoveries.
Help them to persevere in their studies
and give them the desire to learn all things well.
Look upon these teachers.
Let them strive to share their knowledge
with gentle patience;
 and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds.
Grant that students and teachers alike
may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life,
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.


11. BLESSING OF TRAVELERS

The minister says:Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Tobit 4:19a
At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans.

Or:
John 14:6

Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Then the minister says the prayer of blessing.

 All-powerful and ever-living God,
when Abraham left his own land
and departed from his own people,
 you kept him safe all through his journey.
Protect us, who also are your servants:
walk by our side to help us;
be our companion and our strength on the road
and our refuge in every adversity.
Lead us, O Lord,
so that we will reach our destination in safety
and happily return to our homes.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Or:

May God bless you with every heavenly blessing
and give you a safe journey;
wherever life leads you,
may you may find him there to protect you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen..


12. BLESSING FOR A CATECHETICAL OR PRAYER MEETING

In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing.  

Through this meeting Jesus himself has spoken to us. We should now, therefore, give thanks to him who has revealed to us the mysterious design that for ages was hidden in God. Since our task is to conform our lives to the word we have heard, before leaving let us raise our minds and hearts to God, praying that he may guide us through the Holy Spirit to a fuller possession of the truth and give us the power always to do what is pleasing to him.

INTERCESSIONS

As circumstances suggest, the prayer of blessing may be preceded by the intercessions. The minister introduces them and an assisting minister or one of those present announces the intentions. From the following intentions those best suited to the occasion may be used or adapted, or other intentions that apply to the particular circumstances may be composed. The intentions are followed immediately by the prayer of blessing.


The minister says:

The words of the Lord are spirit and life. Let us pray then to him, who has the words of eternal life, that we may be not only hearers of the word of God but doers, and workers with him in bearing witness to the truth.
R. Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.
Or:
R.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, you came into the world to proclaim the Gospel of the Father's love; increase our faith, so that we will receive your word as the sign of his love. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, the Father's favor rested on you and he commanded us to listen to you; give us the gift of understanding, so that we may contemplate your word and experience its gentle power. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, you said: "Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it"; grant that with Mary we may keep your word in our hearts and dwell upon it. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, your word lights up the darkness of our minds and gives understanding to the lowly; help us to listen to your word with simplicity and to treasure the mysteries of your kingdom.
(For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, you continually proclaim your word in the Church, so that the one faith may enlighten all who hear it and the one charity may bind them together; make us grow as lovers and doers of your word, so that as Christians we may all be of one mind and one heart. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, your word is a lamp to our feet, showing us the way through life; become our companion on the road, making our hearts burn within, so that we may run in the way of your commands. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister: Christ, Son of God, you gave us your word to hasten our salvation for your greater glory; fill our minds and hearts with that word to make us heralds and witnesses of the Gospel. (For this we pray:) R.

When there are no intercessions, the minister, before the prayer of blessing, invites those present to ask for God's help in these or similar words.

My brothers and sisters, let us ask God, our all-powerful Father, to keep our steps always in the way of his commandments.

As circumstances suggest, all may then pray for a moment in silence before the prayer of blessing.

PRAYER OF BLESSING


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

We thank you and bless you, Lord our God.
In times past you spoke in many varied ways
through the prophets,
 but in this, the final age,
you have spoken through your Son
to reveal to all nations
the riches of your grace.
May we who have met to ponder the Scriptures
be filled with the knowledge of your will
in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
and, pleasing you as we should in all things,
may we bear fruit in every good work.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

CONCLUDING RITE

The minister concludes the rite by saying:

God, the Father of mercies,
has sent his Son into the world.
Through the Holy Spirit, who will teach us all truth,
may he make us messengers of the Gospel
and witnesses of his love to the world.
R. Amen.

It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song.


13. BLESSING OF RELIGIOUS ARTICLES

To begin, the celebrant says: Lord, show us your mercy and love
All reply: And grant us your salvation

As circumstances suggest, the celebrant may prepare those present for the blessing.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Romans 8:26b, 27
For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Luke 11:9-10
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

With hands outstretched, the celebrant says:

May the merciful Lord
enliven and strengthen by his blessing +  
the spirit of devotion and filial love in your hearts,
so that you may walk blamelessly through this life
and happily reach life everlasting
. R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

In special circumstances, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.


May this (name of article) and the one who uses it be blessed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.


14. BLESSING OF A ROSARY

To begin, the celebrant says: Lord, show us your mercy and love
All reply: And grant us your salvation

As circumstances suggest, the celebrant may begin with an explanation of the blessing.

Someone reads a text of sacred Scripture, such as the following.


Lk 2:51b-52
Mary, his mother, kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

or

Acts 1:14

All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

With his hands outstretched, the celebrant says the prayer of blessing:

Blessed be our God and Father,
who has given us the mysteries of his Son
to be pondered with devotion
and celebrated with faith.
May he grant us, his faithful people,
that by praying the rosary we may,
with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
seek to keep his joys, sorrows,
and glories in our minds and hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

or

In memory of the mysteries
of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord
and in honor of the Virgin Mary,
Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church,
may those who devoutly use this rosary
to pray be blessed,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

SHORT FORMULARY

In special circumstances, a priest or deacon may use the following short blessing formulary.


May this rosary and the one who uses it be blessed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.



15. BLESSING OF BOATS AND FISHING GEAR

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Matthew:
8:23-27

Jesus calms the storm


Jesus got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”  Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Or:

Genesis 1:26-28, 31a – God gives us dominion over the fish of the sea.
Matthew 4: 18-22 – Call of the first disciples
Matthew 14:22-33 – Jesus walks on water
Luke 5:1-11 – The call of the disciples
John 21:1-24 – Appearance of Jesus at the Sea of Tiberias.



A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

God of boundless love,
at the beginning of creation
your Spirit hovered over the deep.
You called forth every creature,
and the seas teemed with life.
Through your Son Jesus Christ,
you have given us the rich harvest of salvation.
Bless this boat, it’s equipment and all who will use it.
Protect them from the dangers of wind and rain
and all the perils of the deep.
May Christ, who calmed the storm
and filled the nets of his disciples,
ring us all to the harbor of light and peace.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


16. BLESSING OF THE VARIOUS MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

John 14:6
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

Matthew 22: 37a, 39b-40
Jesus said to the Pharisee: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. “

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

All-powerful God,
Creator of heaven and earth,
in the rich depths of your wisdom,
you have empowered us to produce great and beautiful works.
Grant, we pray,
that those who use this vehicle
may travel safely,
with care for the safety of others.
Whether they travel for business or pleasure,
let them always find Christ to be the companion of their journey,
who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Or, for a boat:

Listen kindly to our prayer, O Lord,
as we ask that you turn aside every unfavorable wind
from this boat
and by your unsurpassed power
calm the sea around it.
Under your protection,
let those who sail it realize their just desires
and arrive safely in harbor.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

As circumstances suggest, the minister may sprinkle those present and the vehicle with holy water.


17. BLESSING OF ANIMALS

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Genesis 2:20a
The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals.

See Psalm 8:7-9a

You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fishes of the sea.

With hands joined, the minister says the prayer of blessing.

O God,
you have done all things wisely;
in your goodness you have made us in your image
 and given us care over other living things.
Reach out with your right hand
and grant that these animals may serve our needs
and that your bounty in the resources of this life
may move us to seek more confidently the goal of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

After the prayer of blessing, as circumstances suggest, the minister may sprinkle those present and the animals with holy water.


18. BLESSING OF TOOLS OR OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR WORK

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Sirach 38:31 and 34

All these men are skilled with their hands, and each one an expert at his own task; Yet they maintain God’s ancient handiwork, and their concern is for exercise of their skill.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-8

For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you.

With hands joined, the minister says the prayer of blessing. After the prayer of blessing, as circumstances suggest, the minister may sprinkle those present and the implements with holy water.

In your loving providence, O God,
you have made the forces of nature
subject to the work of our hands.
Grant that by devotion to our own work
we may gladly cooperate with you
in the building up of creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


19. BLESSING OF SEEDS AT PLANTING TIME

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians:
15:35-39

The seed you sow does not germinate unless it dies


But someone may say, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?" You fool! What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.  And what you sow is not the body that is to be but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind; but God gives it a body as he chooses, and to each of the seeds its own body. Not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for human beings, another kind of flesh for animals, another kind of flesh for birds, and another for fish.

Or:

Genesis: 1:27-31 – Creation
Matthew 13:31-32 – Parable of the mustard seed
Mark 4L26-29 – the seed and the kingdom of God
John 12:23-25 – Unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord of the harvest,
you placed the gifts of creation in our hands
and called us to till the earth and make it fruitful.
We ask your blessing
as we prepare to place these seeds (seedlings) in the earth.
May the care we show these seeds (seedlings)
remind us of your tender love for your people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


20. BLESSING OF AN ATHLETIC EVENT

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the second letter of Paul to Timothy:
4:6-8

I have fought the good fight


For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.

Or:
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians:
9:24-27

We win a crown that is imperishable


Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.  Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.  Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.   No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Strong and faithful God,
as we come together for this contest,
we ask you to bless these athletes.
Keep them safe from injury and harm,
instill in them respect for each other,
and reward them for their perseverance.
Lead us all to the rewards of your kingdom
Where you live and reign for ever and ever.
R. Amen.


21. BLESSING OF HOMES DURING THE CHRISTMAS OR EASTER SEASON

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

(For Epiphany) Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke:
19:1-9

Today salvation has come to this house.


Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house." And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner." But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.

Or: (For Easter) Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke:
24:28-32

Stay with us, Lord.


As the disciples approached the village to which they were going, Jesus gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?"

Or: John 20:19-21 -- Jesus came and said, "Peace be with you." (For Easter)

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

A) For the Christmas season

Lord God of heaven and earth,
you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation
by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house and all who inhabit it.
Fill them with the light of Christ,
that their concern for others may reflect your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

B) For the Easter season

Lord,
we rejoice in the victory of your Son over death:
by rising from the tomb to new life
he gives us new hope and promise.
Bless all the members of this household
and surround them with your protection,
that they may find comfort and peace
in Jesus Christ, the paschal lamb,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.


22. BLESSING OF AN ADVENT WREATH

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:
9:1-2, 5-6

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, From David's throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains By judgment and justice, both now and forever.

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord God,
your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior,
who enlightens our hearts
and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin.
Pour forth your blessings upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath;
may their light reflect the splendor of Christ,
who is Lord, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Or:

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


23. BLESSING OF A CHRISTMAS MANGER OR NATIVITY SCENE

This rite is especially appropriate for use when the blessing takes place in the home and is given by a family member.

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke
2:1-8:

The birth of Jesus.


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

Or: Isaiah 7: 10-15—The birth of Emmanuel.

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

God of every nation and people,
from the very beginning of creation
you have made manifest your love:
when our need for a Savior was great
you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.
To our lives he brings joy and peace,
justice, mercy, and love.
Lord, bless all who look upon this manger;
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,
and raise up our thoughts to him,
who is God-with-us and Savior of all,
and who lives and reigns for ever and ever
R. Amen.


24. BLESSING OF A CHRISTMAS TREE

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the apostle Paul to Titus:
3:4-7

His own compassion saved us.

But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Or:
Genesis 2:4-9--The tree of life in the center of the garden.
Isaiah 9:1-6--A son is given to us.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

Lord our God,
we praise you for the light of creation:
the sun, the moon, and the stars of the night.
We praise you for the light of Israel:
the Law, the prophets, and the wisdom of the Scriptures.
We praise you for Jesus Christ, your Son:
he is Emmanuel, God-with-us, the Prince of Peace,
who fills us with the wonder of your love.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us
as we illumine this tree.
May the light and cheer it gives
be a sign of the joy that fills our hearts.
May all who delight in this tree
come to the knowledge and joy of salvation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Or:

Holy Lord,
we come with joy to celebrate the birth of your Son,
who rescued us from the darkness of sin
by making the cross a tree of life and light.
May this tree, arrayed in splendor,
remind us of the life-giving cross of Christ,
that we may always rejoice in the new life that shines in our hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


25. BLESSING OF FOOD ON THANKSGIVING DAY

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
All reply: Now and for ever.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians:
1:3-9

Thanks be to God who has bestowed on us every gift.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Or:

Sirach 50:22-24--Let us bless the God of all.
Luke 17:11-19--Has no one returned to give thanks?


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined and does not make the sign of the cross.

God most provident,
we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ, your Son.
For generation upon generation
peoples of this land have sung of your bounty;
we too offer you praise for the rich harvest
we have received at your hands.
Bless + us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.
Continue to make our land fruitful
and let our love for you be seen in our pursuit of peace and justice
and in our generous response to those in need.
Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and for ever.
R. Amen.


26. BLESSING OF FOOD FOR THE FIRST MEAL OF EASTER

The minister then greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture.

A. Before the Easter Vigil

For our sake Christ became obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him the name above all other names. Blessed be God for ever.
And all reply: Blessed be God for ever.

B. After the Easter Vigil

Christ is risen. Alleluia.
And all reply: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the book of Deuteronomy:
16:1-8

The passover of the Lord.

Observe the month of Abib by keeping the Passover of the LORD, your God, since it was in the month of Abib that he brought you by night out of Egypt. You shall offer the Passover sacrifice from your flock or your herd to the LORD, your God, in the place which he. chooses as the dwelling place of his name. You shall not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you shall eat with it only unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, that you may remember as long as you live the day of your departure from the land of Egypt; for in frightened haste you left the land of Egypt. Nothing leavened may be found in all your territory for seven days, and none of the meat which you sacrificed on the evening of the first day shall be kept overnight for the next day.

You may not sacrifice the Passover in any of the communities which the LORD, your God, gives you; only at the place which he chooses as the dwelling place of his name, and in the evening at sunset, on the anniversary of your departure from Egypt, shall you sacrifice the Passover. You shall cook and eat it at the place the LORD, your God, chooses; then in the morning you may return to your tents. For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh there shall be a solemn meeting in honor of the LORD, your God; on that day you shall not do any sort of work.


Or:
Isaiah 55:1-11--Come all you who are thirsty.
Luke 24:13-35--They knew Christ in the breaking of the bread.


A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

God of glory,
the eyes of all turn to you
as we celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death.
Bless us and this food of our first Easter meal.
May we who gather at the Lord's table
continue to celebrate the joy of his resurrection
and be admitted finally to his heavenly banquet.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


27. BLESSING OF THROATS ON THE FEAST OF ST.BLAISE

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Mark:
16:15-20

They will place their hands on the sick and they will recover.

Jesus said to the eleven, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

A minister who is a priest or deacon touches the throat of each person with the crossed candles and says the prayer of blessing.

Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr,
may God deliver you from every disease of the throat
and from every other illness:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit.


Each person responds: Amen.

A lay minister touches the throat of each person with the crossed candles and, without making the sign of the cross, says the prayer of blessing.

Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr,
may God deliver you from every disease of the throat
and from every other illness:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,  
and of the Holy Spirit.


Each person responds: Amen.



28. BLESSING OF ST. JOSEPH’S TABLE

All make the sign of the cross as the minister says: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All reply: Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example:

Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Matthew:
1:18-23

Joseph did as the angel commanded him.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with hands joined.

All-provident God,
the good things that grace this table
remind us of your many good gifts.
Bless this food,
and may the prayers of Saint Joseph,
who provided bread for your Son and food for the poor,
sustain us and all our brothers and sisters
on our journey towards your heavenly kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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