BLESSING FOR YOUR HOME
Adapted from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
Bishop’s Committee on the Liturgy
National Conference of Catholic Bishops © 1988, pp. 297-301 Gather as a family in any room you desire. If possible, gather where there is a crucifix present.
All make the sign of the cross.
The leader, which the Bishops encourage to be a layperson, begins: Peace be with this house and with all who live here. Blessed be the name of the Lord. All respond : Amen.
The leader may use these or similar words to introduce the house blessing: When Christ took flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary, he made his home with us. Let us now pray that he will enter this home and bless it with his presence. May he always be here among us; may he nurture our love for each other, share in our joys, comfort us in our sorrows. Inspired by his teachings and example, let us seek to make our home before all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ. Then the Scripture is read by another family member:
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians
You are God’s chosen race, his saints; He loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.
Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God;
And never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The word of the Lord.
All Respond : Thanks be to God.
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