House Blessings

House Blessing for January 6, 2018

When the family members, 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:
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 for ever.
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 you; may he
nurture your love for each other, share in
your joys, and comfort you in your
sorrows. Inspired by his teachings and
example, seek to make your home before
all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing
far and wide the goodness of Christ.
A reader reads the text of Sacred Scripture (Luke 19:1-9).
Brothers and sisters, listen to the words of
the holy Gospel according to Luke:
He came to Jericho and intended to pass
through the town. Now a man there named
Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector
and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see
who Jesus was; but he could not see him
because of the crowd, for he was short in
stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a
sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who
was about to pass that way. When he
reached the place, Jesus looked up and said
to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.” And he
came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to
grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at
the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the
Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions,
Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have
extorted anything from anyone I shall
repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation
has come to this house because this man
too is a descendant of Abraham.”
The Lord will build a house for us.
All reply:
The Lord will build a house for us.
Unless the LORD builds the house,
they who build labor in vain.
Unless the LORD guards the city,
in vain does the guard keep watch.
The Lord will build a house for us.
It is vain for you to rise early
and put off your rest at night,
To eat bread earned by hard toil—
all this God gives to his beloved in sleep.
The Lord will build a house for us.
Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb, a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth.
The Lord will build a house for us.
Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver
with them.
He will never be shamed
for he will destroy his foes at the gate.
The Lord will build a house for us.

The leader introduces the intercessions and

another one of those present announces them.
Other intentions that apply to the particular
circumstances may be composed (for example,
for those family members who are away from
home, are sick or have other special needs).
The minister says:
The Son of God, Lord of heaven and earth,
made his home among us. With thank-fulness
and gladness let us call upon him,
All reply:
Stay with us, Lord.
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. We pray to the Lord.
Stay with us, Lord.
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.
We pray to the Lord.
Stay with us, Lord.
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. We pray
to the Lord.
R: Stay with us, Lord.
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.
We pray to the
Stay with us, Lord.
The Leader says the following prayer
be close to your servants
who 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 for ever and ever.
After the Prayer of Blessing, the minister sprinkles
those present and the home with holy water and
during the sprinkling may say:
Let this water call to mind our baptism into
Christ, who has redeemed us by his death
and resurrection.
The leader may go throughout the house and
bless each room.
The minister 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.

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