Blessing of Rooms

Blessing of Rooms

  • What is a blessing?
    • A proclamation that invokes the abiding, loving and sustaining presence of God upon a person, place or thing for flourishing according to God’s purpose and design.
  • Who can bless?
    • Anyone who believes in God can ask God’s blessing upon persons, places or things and even upon oneself. (Catholic and Orthodox Christians regularly bless themselves—signing themselves with the sign of the cross while invoking the Triune God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)
    • Parents as co-creators with God have always shared a special role in blessing their children. (This year at the President’s Welcome, parents, grandparents and friends raised their right hand in blessing over their sons or daughters as they prayed for the success of their days at King’s.)
    • In many of the great world religious traditions, the persons designated as the leaders of the community are granted the special privilege of calling down God’s blessing upon others during key moments and seasons of life.
  • How does one bless?
    • A blessing usually consists of a combination of elements: a word proclaimed, a gesture of blessing (sometimes accompanied by an object such as a cross, or sacred book), and, at times the sprinkling of water (often understood to be a sign of life itself).
  • Why would a person ask for a blessing?
    • To ask for a blessing is a sign of faith, hope and love;
      • Faith: we trust in the goodness of the person whose blessings we ask to receive
      • Hope: we commit ourselves to do all in our power to embrace the blessing
      • Love: we want to become a positive source of goodness in the lives of others
    • To ask for a blessing is to accept one’s humanity and its limitations; it is to know that we need the goodness of others to help us to flourish;
    • To express one’s faith in God’s goodness
  • Why would a student ask to have their room in the residence hall at King's blessed?
    • To invoke God’s blessing on all aspects of the new academic year;
    • To invoke God’s blessing on the conversations, study, prayer, recreation and rest that will take place in their room this year;
    • To have a significant reminder through a ritual blessing that God is always with them.

(YOU MAY HAVE YOUR ROOM BLESSED USING A CHRISTIAN OR MORE GENERAL FORM OF BLESSING.)

 

A CATHOLIC/CHRISTIAN ORDER OF THE BLESSING OF ROOMS

 

Minister:  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!

Resident(s): Amen!                                              

Minister:  God’s peace be with you and with all who enter this room.

Residents: And with your spirit.

Minister:  When Jesus took flesh through the Virgin Mary, he made his home with us.  Let us now pray that he will enter this room and bless it with his presence.  May he always be here among you, nurturing your heart(s) through your prayer and friendships, helping you to nurture your mind(s) through diligent study, comforting you in your sorrows and struggles and filling your heart(s) with the joy of the assurance that you are always loved.  We ask all of this through Christ our Lord.

Residents:  Amen!

Minister:  Now let us listen to the Word of the Lord.

Resident:  “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, were a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked. ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha you are worried and distracted by many things, there is need for only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Minister:  Lord, be close to your servant(s) _____________ & _____________, who dwell in this room.  May its walls be for them a reminder of the safety and security that comes from you!  May its windows be for them a reminder that you see into their souls and understand their every need!  May its door remind them that you always are standing at the door of their hearts waiting to be welcomed in and strengthen and help them with the abundance of your love!

Residents:  Amen!

(For Catholics and other Christians who are comfortable invoking the prayers of the saints.)

Minister:  Through the intercession of St. Andre Bessette, of the Congregation of Holy Cross, may God help you to graciously welcome all who visit this room.

Resident:  Amen

A BLESSING OF ROOMS

 

Minister:  God’s peace be with you and with all who enter this room.

Residents: And also with you!

Minister:   Now let us listen to a traditional Irish blessing.

Resident:

May our room be bright with cheer,
May our cares all disappear,
May contentment come our way,
and may laughter fill our day.

Wishing us always—
Walls for the wind
and a roof for the rain
Laughter to cheer us
and those we love near us—
and all that our hearts might desire!

May we have warm words
on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill
all the way to our door.

Minister:  Loving God, be close to your servant(s) _____________ & _____________, who dwell in this room.  May its walls be for them a reminder of the safety and security that comes from you!  May its windows be for them a reminder that you see into their souls and understand their every need!  May its door remind them that you always are standing at the door of their hearts waiting to be welcomed in and to strengthen and help them with the abundance of your love!

Residents:  Amen!

Minister: May the fullness of peace and joy embrace all that live in and visit this room.  May good conversation, hearty laughter, diligent student and restful sleep embrace those who dwell here!

Resident:  Amen!

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