Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
RITE OF BLESSING AND SPRINKLING HOLY WATER
How water is changed to Holy Water
rite of blessing and sprinkling holy water may be celebrated in all churches and chapels at all Sunday Masses celebrated on Sunday or on
this rite is celebrated it takes the place of the penitential rite at the
beginning of Mass. The Kyrie is also omitted.
greeting the people the priest remains standing at his chair. A vessel
containing the water to be blessed is placed before him. Facing the
people, he invites them to pray, using these or similar words:
friends, this water will be used to remind us of our baptism. Ask God to
bless it, and to keep us faithful to the Spirit he has given us.
a brief silence, he joins his hands and continues:
God our Father, your gift of water brings life and freshness to the earth;
it washes away our sins and
brings us eternal life.
ask now to bless + this water, and to give us your protection on this day
which you have made your own. Renew the living spring of your life within
us and protect us in spirit and body, that we may be free from sin and
come into your presence to receive your gift of salvation. We ask this
through Christ our Lord.
Lord God almighty, creator of all life, of body and soul, we ask
you to bless + this water: as we use it in faith forgive our sins and save
us from all illness and the power of evil. Lord, in your mercy give us
living water, always springing up as a fountain of salvation: free us,
body and soul, from every danger, and admit us to your presence in purity
of heart. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Or: (during the Easter season):
God almighty, hear the prayers of your people: we celebrate our creation
and redemption. Hear our prayers and bless + this water which gives
fruitfulness to the fields, and refreshment and cleansing to man. You
chose water to show your goodness when you led your people to freedom
through the Red Sea and satisfied their thirst in the desert with water
from the rock. Water was the symbol used by the prophets to foretell your
new covenant with man. You made the water of baptism holy by Christís
baptism in the Jordan: by it you give us a new birth and renew us in
holiness. May this water remind us of our baptism and let us share the joy
of all who have been baptized at Easter. We ask this through Christ our
it is customary, salt may be mixed with the holy water. The priest blesses
the salt, saying:
God, we ask you to bless + this salt as once you blessed the salt
scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever
this salt and water is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and
protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through
Christ our Lord.
he pours the salt into the water in silence.
the sprinkler, the priest sprinkles himself and his ministers, then the
rest of the clergy and people. He may move through the church for the
sprinkling of the people. Meanwhile, an antiphon or another appropriate
song is sung.
the Easter Season
us, Lord, from all our sins; wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow. (Ps
will pour clean water over you and wash away all your defilement. A new
heart will I
give you, says the Lord. (Ez 36:25-26)
be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: a God so merciful and kind. He has
given us a new birth, a living hope, by raising Jesus his Son from death.
Salvation is our undying inheritance, preserved for us in heaven,
salvation at the end of time. (See 1 Pet 1:3-5)
the Easter Season
saw water flowing from the right side of the temple, alleluia. It brought
Godís life and his salvation, and the people sang in joyful praise:
alleluia, alleluia. (See Ez 47:1-2, 9)
are a people God claims as his own to praise him who called you out of
darkness into his marvelous light, alleluia. (See 1 Pet 2:9)
Jesus, from your wounded side flowed streams of cleansing water: the world
was washed of all its sin, all life made new again, alleluia.
he returns to his place and the song is finished, the priest faces the
people and, with joined hands, says (unless the opening prayer of Mass
almighty God cleanse us of our sin, and through the Eucharist we celebrate
make us worthy to sit at his table in his heavenly kingdom.
it is prescribed, the Gloria is then sung or said.