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CHAPTER VIII: BLESSING OF BAPTISMAL WATER

{The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no. 70, says: "Except during Eastertime baptismal water may be blessed within the rite of baptism itself by an approved shorter formula." It does not, however, specify which formula is to be used.}

Outside the Vigil of Easter if there is no consecrated water at hand

1. The font should be thoroughly cleansed, then filled with fresh water. The priest goes to the font preceded by the crucifer and acolytes, the thurifer, the bearers of the sacred oils of chrism and catechumens, and accompanied by other assistants or priests. Arriving there, the Litany of the Saints is said (see Litany of the Saints) after the seven penitential psalms.

2. Or the shorter litany as given in the Missal for Holy Saturday may be used.

3. Before the verse: That you graciously hear us, the following verse is said twice:

That you bless + and sanctify + this font which serves to give birth to new offspring for you.

All: We beg you to hear us.

4. After the litany the Lord's Prayer and Apostles' Creed are said aloud; then the following:

P: Lord, you are the fountain of life.

All: And by your splendor we will see the light.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, be present at these mysteries of your great love, be present at these sacramental rites. Send forth the Spirit of adoption to beget new life in the people who are born to you from the font of baptism, so that what we purpose to do by our lowly ministry may have its full effect by your power; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Exorcism of Water

God's creature, water, I cast out the demon from you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by God who in the beginning separated you by His word from the dry land, whose Spirit hovered over you, who made you flow out of Paradise.

5. He divides the water with his hand and sprinkles it out of the font toward the four quarters of the earth; and then continues:

And He commanded you to water the whole earth with your four rivers; He who in the desert by the wood cast into you changed you from bitter water into sweet water fit to drink; who brought you forth from the rock to quench the thirst of the languishing people you had delivered from Egypt. I cast out the demon from you by Jesus Christ, His only- begotten Son, our Lord, who in Cana of Galilee changed you into wine by a wondrous miracle, who walked on the waves, and who was baptized in you by John in the Jordan; who from His pierced side let you flow along with His blood; who commanded His disciples to baptize with you all those who believe, saying: "Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." May you become sacred water, blessed water, a water to wash away filth and to cleanse from sin. Therefore, I command you, every unclean spirit, delusion and falsehood personified, to leave and stay far from this creature, water, thus letting it be for all who will be baptized in it a fountain gushing forth everlasting life, begetting in them new birth in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, we earnestly entreat you, the sanctifier of supernatural water, to look with favor on our lowly ministry, and to send your holy messenger down on this water, which we are making ready to cleanse and purify the human race. And once they have been cleansed of the sins of their former life, freed of their guilt, and given a new birth, may they remain a clean dwelling for your Holy Spirit; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

6. He breathes thrice upon the water in the form of the Greek letter "Ps", then incenses the font. After this he pours the oil of catechumens into the water in the form of a cross, saying:

May this font be sanctified and made fruitful by the oil that sanctifies for those who are born anew herein for everlasting life; in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

7. Then he pours in chrism in the same manner, saying:

May this infusion of the chrism of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, be done in the name of the Holy Trinity.

All: Amen.

8. After this he takes the two phials of holy oils, and pours both together into the water in the form of a cross, saying:

May this mingling of the chrism that sanctifies with the oil of anointing and the water of baptism be done in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

9. He mixes the oils and water with his hand, and sprinkles it over the font. Then he cleanses the oil from his hand with a piece of bread. If there are any to be baptized, he baptizes in the ordinary way. Otherwise he washes his hands, and the ablution is poured into the sacrarium.

SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING BAPTISMAL WATER

This shorter blessing which Pope Paul III formerly conceded to the missionaries among the Indians of Peru may now be used only where the indult has been extended by the Holy See.

Exorcism

God's creature, water, I cast out the demon from you in the name of God, + the Father almighty, in the name of Jesus + Christ, His Son, our Lord, and in the power of the Holy + Spirit. I cast out you, the devil and adversary of mankind, along with all your evil influence and cunning wickedness, so that when you take flight this creature, water, may become a fountain gushing forth everlasting life. May those who are to be baptized in it have their sins forgiven and become a sanctuary for the living God, a dwelling for the Holy Spirit. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, we earnestly entreat you, the sanctifier of supernatural water, to look with favor on our lowly ministry, and to send your holy messenger down on this water, which we are making ready to cleanse and purify the human race. And once they have been cleansed of the sins of their former life, freed of their guilt, and given a new birth, may they remain a clean dwelling for your Holy Spirit; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then the priest pours oil of catechumens into the water in the form Of a cross, saying:

By this adding of the oil of anointing to the water of baptism may it be sanctified and made fruitful; in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then he pours in chrism in the same manner, saying:

By this adding of the chrism that sanctifies to the oil of anointing and the water of baptism may it be sanctified and made fruitful; in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING BAPTISMAL WATER

Prescribed by the First Provincial Council of Baltimore and approved by Pope Pius VIII

For the use of Missionaries in North America

This blessing is the same as the one given directly above, except for the following rubric and form added at the very end:

Lastly the priest says as he blesses the water itself:

May this font be sanctified and made fruitful for those who are to be reborn in it; in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

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