A Blessing of Anything
[Take the object in your hand or
place your hand on it or over it.]
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.
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.
O GOD, by whose word all things are
Let us pray.
pour forth Thy blessing upon
and grant that whosoever shall
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
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
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:
Blessing of Anything (for laypeople)
Blessing of People
Blessing of Families
Blessing of Houses
when visiting the Sick
when visiting the Dying
- Prayer when death is near.
Burial Service for Adults
- Baptism for the Dying
- the Last Sacrament
Other pages on our site.
Heart Catholic Church and St. Yves Mission and the Packwood Catholic
This is the main parish page. It contains the sacramental
information, vision statement, and a description of our