Epiphany: Bless this house
An ancient tradition of the Church is for the Pastor to visit and bless the homes of the people during the season of Epiphany, January 6 – Ash Wednesday.
This tradition renews the bond between Pastor and people, and reminds us all that our homes are a domestic church, a place of refuge from the world, made holy by the Word of God and prayer. Here is the conclusion of the ancient service of blessing.
P: + Peace be to all. ALL: And to thy spirit.
P: Let us bow our heads unto the Lord. ALL: To Thee, O Lord.
P: Let us pray to the Lord. ALL: Lord, have mercy.
P: Our God our Saviour, the True Light, who wast baptized by John in the Jordan to renew all men by the water of regeneration, and who didst condescend to enter under the roof of Zacchaeus, and didst thereby bring salvation to him and all his household: Do Thou now also, the same Lord, keep safe from harm all those who dwell herein. Vouchsafe them sanctification, purification and health of body, and grant their petitions which are unto salvation and life everlasting: For blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory together with Thine unoriginate Father and Thine all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
P: Grant, O Lord, a peaceful life, health, salvation and furtherance in all good things to Thy servant(s), (we mention by name all those who dwell in the house that has been blessed) NN., and preserve him/her/them for many years!
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