A Blessing of Anything
This formula of blessing can be used by any Priest [or person]
for all those things which have not a special blessing in the Roman Ritual.
[Take the object in your hand or place your hand on it or over it.]


OUR help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.


Let us pray.
O GOD, by whose word all things are sanctified.

pour forth Thy blessing upon

this (name the object)

and grant that whosoever shall

use it (them) with thanksgiving, according to Thy law and will,

may receive from Thee, through the invocation of Thy Holy Name

health of body and peace of soul. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

From The Priest's New Ritual, compiled by Rev. Paul Griffith. Published by John Murphy Co. in 1930. Copyright 1927. Imprimatur 1926. This text is presented here for religious and educational purposes only. No other use is intended or permitted.

NB. You could also rephrase it to use the blessing for a person.

Lay people, by virtue of their share in the priesthood of Christ through baptism, may invoke blessings. Some are reserved to the clergy, especially if the blessing is part of a sacrament, but not all blessings are for the clergy alone. (This is especially true if there are few clergy available.) The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

CCC1669. "'Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a 'BLESSING,' and to bless.[Cf. Gen 12:2 ; Lk 6:28 ; Rom 12:14 ; 1 Pet 3:9 .] Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a BLESSING concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons)."
CCC1671 "Among sacramentals blessings (of persons, meals, objects, and places) come first. Every blessing praises God and prays for his gifts. In Christ, Christians are blessed by God the Father "with every spiritual blessing."[Eph 1:3] This is why the Church imparts blessings by invoking the name of Jesus, usually while making the holy sign of the cross of Christ."

A Layperson's Ritual:

A Blessing of Anything (for laypeople)
A Blessing of People
A Blessing of Families
A Blessing of Houses
Prayer when visiting the Sick
Prayer when visiting the Dying
Prayer when death is near.
A Burial Service for Adults
Baptism for the Dying

Viaticum - the Last Sacrament

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