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Great Feast of the Holy Theophany of Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ - Celebration Blessing of a House Prayer

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From after the Liturgy of the Great Feast of the Holy Theophany of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to the just before the Vespers of Clean Monday (the first day of Great Lent), homes are blessed.

This page contains two House Blessing Liturgical Texts.

Great Feast of the Holy Theophany of Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ House Blessing Prayer

Priest: Blessed is our God, at all times, now and always and forever and ever.>
All: Amen.
Priest: In peace let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: For our Bishop (Name), the honorable priesthood, the deacons in Christ, and for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: That this house, those present here and all who dwell in it may be blessed and sanctified, let us pray to the Lord.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: O God our Savior, the true Light, who were baptized in the Jordan by John to renew humanity by the means of regeneration, and who accepted to enter under the roof of Zacchaeus, bringing salvation to him and all his household: protect from every injury those who have chosen to live in this house and who address their prayers and petitions to You through us your unworthy servants. Keep them safe from all harm; bless their dwelling and preserve their lives, granting them purification and health of body; grant all their petitions that are for their salvation and eternal life, for You are a merciful God and to You we give glory: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
All: Amen.
Priest: Peace to all.
All: And to your spirit.
Priest: Let us bow our heads lo the Lord.
All: To You, 0 Lord.

The family:
Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear us:
As you accepted to be baptized in the Jordan and sanctified the waters, bless us all, who, through the bowing of our heads, express our obedience to You.
Grant that we may be filled with your Holiness through the drinking and sprinkling of this water, and may it bring us, O Lord, health of soul and body.
For you are the sanctification of our souls and bodies, and to You we render glory, thanksgiving and worship, together with your eternal Father, and your Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
Amen.

Priest: All of you, who have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.
All of you, who have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.
All of you, who have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
Have put on Christ. Alleluia.
All of you, who have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.

Priest: Glory lo You, O God, our hope, glory to You.
May Christ our true God, who for our salvation accepted to receive baptism in the Jordan, through the intercession of His most pure and holy Mother and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves humankind.
Through the prayers our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.
All: Amen.

House Blessing Prayer

May Christ our True God, who acepted to be baptized by the Holy Prophet John in the Jordon River and who, upon entering the house of Zacchaeus blessed all who were there, bless now this house and all who dwell in it. Grant them health, strength and salvation, peace and prosperity; and grant all their petitions that are for their salvation and for everlasting life. Amen.

Explanation

The article below was written by Rev. Fr. James Graham, Pastor of Saint Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, San Jose, CA. The article appeared in THE VOICE OF THE PROPHET, News from St Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, Volume 8, Number 1, January 2002

The custom of the priest visiting parishioners'homes and businesses to bless them with the "Jordan Water" from Theophany has endured for hundreds of years. Traditionally, house blessings should be completed before the beginning of Great Lent.
The first few years, which are spent almost entirely in the home, are the most formative years of life.
In a real sense, the home is a school. Things are constantly being taught there. Parents and others in the household teach by what they are and how they live every day. It is the most important of schools, because values, attitudes, a way of life are taught there all the time. In a real sense, the home is also a church. Prayers are said there. God is worshipped there. Most homes have a Bible and prayer books. There is an altar in the home-the dining table. There we bless our daily food and eat it. This food becomes our body and blood-our tissues of life, constantly renewed and replaced.
There are people, Christians, in the home, just as in church. Most homes have a cross and ikons; many have candles. Most Christians pray at home, in the morning and in the evening. If they have sinned, they ask for Godís forgiveness. Certainly religion is not something found only in church. It is found in the home, too.
This is why the Church brings the blessing of Theophany into the home. Just as the home is an extension of the church, this blessing of the home is an extension of the service of blessing that began in the church. So let our homes be Christian places. Let them show our faith, with ikons and candles and prayers and Christian living. Above all, let them be places where the presence of Christ is felt day by day. Let them be places of light, of love, of refuge from the darkness of this world.

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