Blessing of a New House in the Absence of a Priest

 You may also use this for the Blessing of a New Office, Condominium, Establishment, and the like.

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Blessing of a New Home in the Absence of a Priest

Sacred Heart Parish-Shrine, Quezon City, Diocese of Cubao

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Introductory Rites

When the family members and their relatives and friends have gathered in a convenient place, the Leader says
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All make the Sign of the Cross and reply:
The Leader says:

May the God whom we glorify with one heart and voice, enable us, through the Spirit, to live in harmony as followers of Christ Jesus, now and forever.

R. Amen.

The Leader prepares those present for the blessing by saying:

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 with you, share in your joys, comfort you in your sorrows. Inspired by his teachings and example, seek to make your new home before all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ.

Reading of the Word of God

The Leader or another person reads:
Listen to the words of the holy Gospel according to Luke: 10:5-9

Peace to this house.
The Lord said to the seventy-two: "Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"


The Leader says:

1. The Son of God, Lord of heaven and earth, made his home among us. With thankfulness and gladness, let us call upon him, saying:
R. Stay with us, Lord.

2. Lord Jesus Christ, by your life with Mary and Joseph you sanctified the life of the home; dwell with us in our home, so that we may have you as our guest and honor you as our Head. Let us pray. R.

3. In you every dwelling grows into a holy temple; grant that those who live in this house may be built up together into the dwelling place of God in the Holy Spirit. Let us pray. R.

4. You taught your followers to build their houses upon solid rock; grant that the members of this family may hold fast to your teachings and, free of all discord, serve you with their whole heart. Keep them away from all harm and dangers. Let us pray. R.

5. You had no place to lay your head, but in uncomplaining poverty, you accepted the hospitality of your friends; grant that through our help people who are homeless may obtain decent housing. (For this we pray:) R.

Prayer of Blessing

The Leader says the prayer with the hands joined.

be close to your servants
who move into this home (today)
and ask for your blessing.
Be their shelter when they are at home,
their companion when they are away,
and their welcome Guest when they return.
And at last, receive them
into the dwelling place you have prepared for them
in your Father's house,
where you live forever and ever. 

R. Amen.

After the prayer of blessing, the people can LIGHT THEIR CANDLES.

The Leader sprinkles the people and the new home with HOLY WATER, starting at the door. Before the sprinkling, the Leader says:

Let this water call to mind our baptism into Christ, who has redeemed us by his death and resurrection.

Concluding Rite

The Leader concludes the rite by saying:

May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts | and may the word of Christ in all its richness dwell in us, | so that whatever we do in word and in work, | we will do in the name of the Lord. May the Blessed Mother protect this home from all harm and evil.

R. Amen.


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