May 29 2012

From the Ritual Romanum

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from THE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN ritual:
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22. A monster or abnormal fetus should in every case be baptized at least with the following expressed condition: If you are a human being, I baptize you, etc. When in doubt as to whether there is one or several persons in the deformed mass, one part is to be baptized absolutely, and the other each with the condition: If you are not baptized, I baptize you, etc.

“One or several persons in the deformed mass.” Okay, this is giving me all kinds of images…

7. THE BLESSING OF CHALK
on Epiphany
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V: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
V: The Lord be with you.
R: May He also be with you.

Bless, + O Lord God, this creature, chalk, and let it be a help to mankind. Grant those who will use it with faith in your most holy name, and with it inscribe on the doors of their homes the names of your saints, Casper, Melchior, and Baltassar, may through their merits and intercession enjoy health in body and protection of soul; through Christ, our Lord. R: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

10. THE BLESSING OF THROATS
on the Feast of St. Blaise
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{This is one of the most popular blessings. St. Blaise was bishop of Sebaste in Cappadocia, and was martyred by beheading about A.D. 316. Not much more can be confirmed of him with any degree of historical accuracy, but legends about him are numerous. One day – so goes the legend – Blaise met a poor woman whose only pig had been snatched up in the fangs of a wolf but at the command of the bishop, the wolf restored the pig alive to its owner. The woman did not forget the favor, for later, when the bishop was languishing in prison, she brought him tapers to dispel the darkness and gloom. To this story may be attributed the practice of using lighted candles in bestowing the blessing of St. Blaise. While in prison he performed a wonderful cure on a boy who had a fishbone lodged in his throat and who was in danger of choking to death. From this account we have the longtime custom of invoking the Saint for all kinds of throat trouble.}

After blessing the candles on the fesat of St. Blaise, the priest holds two candles fastened like a cross to the throat of the person kneeling before him, and says:

By the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every malady of the throat, and from every possible mishap; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. R: Amen.

5. THE BLESSING OF BEES
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V: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
V: The Lord be with you.
R: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Lord God almighty, who made the heavens and the earth, and all living things in the air and on land for the use of mankind; who ordered through the ministers of holy Church, that candles made from the industry of bees should be lighted during the solemn mystery in which the most sacred body and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, is confected and consumed; send your holy blessing + upon these bees and these beehives, causing them to multiply and to produce and to be kept from harm, so that their yield of wax can be turned to your honor, to that of the Son and Holy Spirit, and to the veneration of the blessed Virgin Mary; through Christ, our Lord. R: Amen.

6. THE BLESSING OF SILKWORMS
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V: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.
V: The Lord be with you.
R: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
God, Creator and King of the universe, who in creating living things endowed each with the power of propogating its kind; we pray that in your kindness you bless + these silkworms, thus fostering them and increasing their numbers. Let your holy altars be adorned with the fruit of their industry. And let your faithful people, resplendent in silken apparel, acknowledge you with heartfelt praise as the donor of every good. We ask this of you who, with your only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever. R: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

7. DEPRECATORY BLESSING AGAINST PESTS
(mice and rats, locusts, worms, etc.)
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The priest vests in surplice and purple stole, and coming to the field or place infested with these creatures, says:

Antiphon: Arise, Lord, help us; and deliver us for your kindness’ sake.

Ps43.1: O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have delcared to us.

R: Glory be to the Father
V: As it was in the beginning.
Ant.: Arise, Lord help us; and deliver us for your kindness’ sake.

V: Our help is in the name of the Lord
R: Who made heaven and earth
V: Lord, heed my prayer.
R: And let my cry be heard by you.
V: The Lord be with you.
R: May he also be with you.

Let us pray.
We entreat you, Lord, be pleased to hear our prayers; and even though we rightly deserve, on account of our sins, this plague of mice (or locusts, worms, etc.), yet mercifully deliver us for your kindness’ sake. Let this plague be expelled by your power, and our land and fields be left fertile, so that all it produces redound to oyur glory and serve our necessities; through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.

Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, the donor of all good things, and the most merciful pardoner of our sins; before whom all creatures bow down in adoration, those in heaven, on earth, and below the earth; preserve us sinners by your might, that whatever we undertake with trust in your protection may meet with success by your grace. And now as we utter a curse on these noxious pests, may they be cursed by you; as we seek to destroy them, may the be destroyed by you; as we seek to exterminate them, may the be exterminated by you; so that delivered from this plague by your goodness, we may freely offer thanks to your majesty; through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.

Exorcism
I cast out you noxious vermin, by God + the Father almighty, by Jesus + Christ, His only-begotten Son, and by the Holy + Spirit. May you speedily be banished from our land and fields, lingering here no longer, but passing on to places where you can do no harm. In the name of the almighty God and the entire heavenly court, as we, I as in the name of the holy Church of God, we pronounce a curse on you, that wherever you go you may be cursed, decreasing from day to day until you are obliterated. Let no remnant of you remain anywhere, except what might be necessary for the welfare and use of mankind. Be pleased to grant our request, you who are coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. R: Amen.

The places infested are sprinkled with holy water.

other fun rituals:

BLESSING OF A PRINTING-OFFICE AND PRINTING PRESS
BLESSING OF A RADIO STATION
BLESSING OF A LIME-KILN
BLESSING OF A BLAST-FURNACE
BLESSING OF A MARBLE-FACTORY
BLESSING OF A STRETCHER, AMBULANCE, WHEELCHAIR
BLESSING OF AN AUTOMOBILE OR OTHER VEHICLE
BLESSING OF AN AIRPLANE
BLESSING OF A RAILWAY AND ITS CARS
BLESSING OF A SEISMOGRAPH
BLESSING OF A TELEGRAPH
BLESSING OF AN ELECTRIC DYNAMO (my favorite)
BLESSING OF A FIRE-ENGINE
BLESSING OF MOLTEN METAL FOR A BELL
BLESSING OF MOBILE FILM UNITS FOR ROAD SAFETY (another fave)
BLESSING OF ANYTHING

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