House Blessings

Visit this home, O LORD, with the gladness of your presence. Bless those who live here with your grace, and grant that they may grow in love and forgiveness. Guard and guide them -- and preserve them in peace. Amen.

The eternal Spirit enfold your home with love and make it a haven of peace as long as you shall live here.

House blessings are rituals performed by religious leaders with the intention of protecting a home’s inhabitants from hardship and trouble. House blessings also underscore the belief that spirituality and daily life are intertwined.

Many religions have some form of house blessing. In the Hebrew scriptures of the Bible, God blessed houses of those who responded in obedience to God’s call.

From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.

– Genesis 39:5

 

In Christianity, house blessings can involve more or less ritual. A simple prayer can be said at the doorway of a home, asking God’s peace. Or prayers may be said in different rooms while a priest sprinkles holy water at each doorway. The value of this ritual is that it brings people together in a sacred context of hospitality. Priests often bless homes during the Church season of Epiphany (begins January 6) to commemorate the Magi visiting the Christ child and bringing Him gifts. (Matthew 2:11).

House blessings are not required rituals, but are often done for those who move to a new home, or after a remodeling project, or during a major life change. At Holy Cross, we bless houses, remodeled kitchens, boats, cars, motorcycles and bikes. You name it, we can probably bless it!

To learn more or to schedule a Blessing, please contact the Vicar. It is helpful to have a month’s notice for preparation.