UNDER CONSTRUCTION


BLESSING AND SPRINKLING OF WATER


 

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Blessing & Sprinkling of Water

 

Archbishop:

 

Brothers and sisters in Christ in this solemn rite of dedication let us

ask the Lord God to bless this water, created by his hand.

It is a sign of our repentance, a reminder of our baptism.

May the 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;

sanctify it.

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.

 

All: Amen.

 

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

mercy.