BLESSING AND SPRINKLING OF WATER
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essing & Sprinkling of Water
Brothers and sisters in Christ in this solemn rite of dedication let us
ask the LordGod to bless this water, created by his hand.
It is asign of our repentance, a reminder of our baptism.
Maythe grace of God help us to remain faithful members of his
Church, open to the Spirit we have received.
After a few moments of silent prayer, the Archbishop continues:
God of mercy,
you call every creature to the light of life,
and surround us with such great love
that when we stray
you continually lead us back to Christ our head.
For you have established an inheritance of such mercy,
that those sinners, who pass through water made sacred,
die with Christ and rise restored
as members of his body
and heirs of his eternal covenant.
Bless✜ this water;
As it is sprinkled upon us throughout this church
make it a sign of the saving waters of baptism,
by which we become one in Church, the temple of your Spirit.
May all here today,
and all those in days to come,
who will celebrate your mysteries in this church
be united at last in the holy city of your peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
The Archbishop, accompanied by deacons sprinkles the people with holy water.
Meanwhile the following antiphon is sung:
Asperges me, Domine, hyssop et mundabor. Lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Thou wilt sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop and I shall be cleansed Thou wilt wash
me, and I shall be washed whiter than snow. Pity me, O God, according to Thy great