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Order of Blessing an Event

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From the Shorter Book of Blessings

 

Order of Blessing –

Through this meeting Jesus himself will speak to us. We should now, therefore, give thanks to him who has revealed to us the mysterious design that for ages was hidden in God. Since our task is to conform our lives to the word we will hear, before beginning let us raise our minds and hearts to God, praying that he may guide us through the Holy Spirit to a fuller possession of the truth and give us the power always to do what is pleasing to him.

 

Intercessions:

The words of the Lord are spirit and life. Let us pray then to him, who has the words of eternal life, that we may be not only hearers of the word of God but doers, and workers with him in bearing witness to the truth.

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, you came into the world to proclaim the Gospel of the Father’s love; increase our faith, so that we will receive your word as the sign of his love. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, the Father’s favor rested on you and he commands us to listen to you; give us the gift of understanding, so that we may contemplate your word and experience its gentle power. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, you said: “Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it”; grant that with Mary we may keep your word in our hearts and dwell upon it. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, your word lights up the darkness of our minds and gives understanding to the lowly; help us to listen to your word with simplicity and to treasure the mysteries of your kingdom. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, you continually proclaim your word in the Church, so that the one faith may enlighten all who hear it and the one charity may bind them together; make us grow as lovers and doers of your word, so that as Christians we may all be of one mind and one heart. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

 

Christ, Son of God, your word is a  lamp to our feet, showing us the way through life; become our companion on the road, making our hearts burn within, so that we may run in the way of your commands. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

Christ, Son of God, you gave us your word to hasten our salvation for your greater glory; fill our minds and hearts with that word to make us heralds and witnesses of the Gospel. (For this we pray:)

 

R: Speak, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.

 

My brothers and sisters, let us ask God, our all-powerful Father, to keep our steps always in the way of his commandments.

 

Prayer of Blessing

We thank you and bless you, Lord our God.

In times past you spoke in many varied ways through the prophets,

But in this, the final age, you have spoken through your Son

To reveal to all nations the riches of your grace.

May we who have met to ponder the scriptures

Be filled with the knowledge of your will

In all wisdom and spiritual understanding,

And, pleasing you as we should in all things,

May we bear fruit in ever good work.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

R. Amen.

 

Concluding Rite

God, the Father of mercies, has sent his son into the world.

Through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all truth,

May he make us messengers of the Gospel

And witnesses of his love to the world.

 

R. Amen.


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