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XV. Blessings formerly reserved to religious orders

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PART XV. BLESSINGS FORMERLY RESERVED TO RELIGIOUS ORDERS

Only hours before going to press we learned from the new "Instruction" of September 26, 1964 that the following blessings, except for the first, are no longer reserved. That explains why they are listed separately here.

1. BLESSING AND ERECTING STATIONS OF THE CROSS

(Reserved to the Bishops of the World)

(This is given under Rite for Erecting Stations of the Cross)

2. BLESSING AND ERECTING STATIONS OF THE SORROWFUL MOTHER IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF THE SEVEN DOLORS

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Servites)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, March 10, 1883)

The priest vests in surplice and purple stole. He should be assisted by clerics or other ministrants, who hold the aspersory, thurible, and incense boat. First the priest goes up to the altar predella and addresses the people briefly on the excellence and value of this devotion of the Stations of the Sorrowful Mother. After this he kneels on the lowest step of the altar and intones the Veni Creator, which is continued by the choir. When the hymn is finished he says:

P: Send forth your Spirit and all things shall be recreated.

All: And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

God, who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, guide us by your Spirit to desire only what is good and so always to find joy in His comfort.

Lord, we beg you to protect this people from every adversity, by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin; and as they fervently bow down before you shield them by your benevolence from all wiles of the enemy.

We beg you, Lord, let a breath of your grace prompt our undertakings and guide them along their course, so that our least prayer and work may ever begin in you and end in you; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then the priest blesses the paintings or images of the stations:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who do not forbid us to carve or paint likenesses of your saints, in order that whenever we look at them with our bodily eyes we may call to mind their holy lives, and resolve to follow in their footsteps; may it please you to bless + and to hallow + these images, which have been made in memory and honor of the Sorrowful Virgin and Mother of God. And grant that all who in their presence pay devout homage to the sorrows which the blessed Virgin Mary endured throughout the life, suffering, and death of her only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, may by her merits and pleading obtain your grace in this life and everlasting glory in the life to come; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest puts incense into the thurible and blesses it. And taking the aspersory he sprinkles the images with holy water, saying:

Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Then taking the thurible he incenses them without saying anything. In a private oratory the incensation may be omitted.

After the blessing of the images the priest, accompanied by the clergy, goes in procession to the place where the first station is to be erected. The procession is led by the cross-bearer (who walks between two acolytes carrying lighted candles). The priest kisses the first image and then hangs it in place, either himself or with the help of another cleric. He then reads the meditation and prayers proper to this station; and the same is done at the other stations. After this he proceeds to the shrine or the image of the Sorrowful Mother, during which time the Stabat Mater is sung. At the shrine the priest says:

P: Pray for us, O Virgin of many sorrows.

All: That we may be worthy of Christ's promise.

Let us pray.

O God, during whose passion, as Simeon had foretold, a sword of sorrow pierced the tender heart of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary; mercifully grant that we who meditate on her sufferings may attain the blessed effect of your passion. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Next the Te Deum is sung, along with its versicles and oration.

Then the priest kneels and invokes the help of the Sorrowful Mother, saying the following words three times:

P: Virgin, most sorrowful.

All: Pray for us.

Lastly the priest goes up to the altar predella, and turning toward the people blesses them with the words:

Together with her beloved Son, may Mary, Virgin most sorrowful, bless us.

3. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF BLESSED TRINITY

(Formerly reserved to the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Ransoming of Captives)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment which our holy fathers have sanctioned for those who renounce the world, in token of the innocence and humility which should be theirs. May this servant of yours, who is to wear it, likewise put on you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles the scapular with holy water; then continues:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Hear, Lord, our humble entreaties, and be pleased to bless + this servant of yours, whom we invest in your name with the religious garb of the Most Holy Trinity. May he (she), by your bounty, persevere in piety and deserve to attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then he invests the person with the scapular, saying:

Take this garb of the Most Holy Trinity. May it help you to grow in faith, hope, and charity; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who enable us, your servants, in our profession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the three Persons in the eternal Godhead, and to adore their oneness of nature, their co-equal majesty; grant, we pray, that by steadfastness in that faith we may ever be guarded against all adversity.

God, whom it has pleased to found, through your saints John and Felix, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for ransoming captives from the power of the Saracens; grant, we pray, that by their merits and intercession, and by your aid, this servant of yours may be delivered from the slavery of both body and soul; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

May the Blessed Trinity add you to the number of the brothers and sisters of our confraternity. And although we are unworthy of admitting you, yet we fervently pray that the Most Holy Trinity may help you to lead a good life, and to persevere in your resolution. And as today brotherly love joins us in a spiritual bond here on earth, so may the divine goodness, in whom all love has its origin and its growth, be pleased to unite us with His faithful in heaven; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then he gives the blessing:

May the peace and blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

4. BLESSING OF THE ROSARY OR TRISAGION OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, whom it pleased to reveal the mystery of the Blessed Trinity through your only-begotten Son, and through the prophets and the apostles, so that we on earth, imitating the choirs of holy angels might offer devout and worthy praise to you; we appeal to your goodness, asking that you bless + and hallow + these rosaries (this rosary), which the Church has sanctioned for the honor and praise of the Most Holy Trinity. Let them (it) be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries one on his person or reverently keeps it in his home, or devoutly recites it may be protected by you from every danger to body and soul. Let him (her) share in all the graces, privileges and indulgences granted by the Holy See; and in the hour of death let him (her) deserve to be presented by your holy angels at the throne of your divine majesty; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

They (it) are (is) sprinkled with holy water.

5. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE BLACK SCAPULAR OF OUR LORD'S SACRED CROSS AND PASSION

(Formerly reserved to the Congregation of Passionists)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and red stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who, in order to redeem the world, willed to be born of a woman, submit to circumcision, to be rejected by the Jews and betrayed by the traitor, Judas, with a kiss; to be bound in chains and led as an innocent Lamb to the slaughter; wantonly made a spectacle of in the presence of Annas and Caiphas, Pilate and Herod; accused by false witnesses; tormented with scourges and indignities; spat upon, crowned with thorns, struck with a reed, blindfolded, stripped of your garments, nailed to the cross, and pierced with a lance. O Lord, by these your sacred sufferings and by your holy cross and death, enlighten your servant's mind and inflame his (her) heart, so that, imbued with your tender charity, he (she) may ever shed tears of compunction, love you with all his (her) heart, and devote himself (herself) wholly to whatever pleases you. We ask this of you who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The foregoing prayers may be omitted at will. Then the priest says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

All: Both now and forevermore.

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.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we humbly beg you to bless + and to hallow + this garment, designed as a reminder of you sacred passion and death. May this servant of yours, who is to wear it, have a part in your suffering, and so deserve to attain the glory of heaven. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Next the priest sprinkles the scapular with holy water and then clothes the person with it, saying:

May the Lord clothe you as a new man, so that, wearing this insignia of a sorrowing penitent, you may keep your eyes fixed on Jesus who was crucified at the hands of wicked men, and mourn over Him with a grief befitting the death of God's firstborn Son. All: Amen.

The priest continues:

By the faculty granted me I make you a partaker of all the spiritual benefits which the Congregation of Passionists enjoys by privilege of the Holy See; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

In conclusion he adds:

May the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ be ever in our hearts. Amen.

6. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE RED SCAPULAR OF OUR LORD'S PASSION AND SACRED HEART, AND OF THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN'S LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE HEART

(Formerly reserved to the Congregation of the Missions)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, June 25, 1847)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and red stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, and to despoil yourself, taking the form of a servant and becoming obedient, even to the death of the cross; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment, designed as a reminder of your bitter passion and of your Sacred Heart, as well as a reminder of the loving and compassionate heart of your immaculate Mother. May this servant of yours, who is to wear it, all the better meditate on these mysteries; and may he (she), by the merits and prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, likewise put on you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this sacred garb, and divesting yourself of the old man, put on the new man. May you wear it with honor and thus attain everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Then the priest continues:

By the faculty granted me I make you a partaker of all the spiritual benefits with which this holy scapular is endowed by privilege of the Holy See; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

In conclusion the following versicle is said three times:

We therefore implore you to save your servants whom your precious blood redeemed.

7. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE BLUE SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN MARY

(Formerly reserved to the Theatines, Clerks Regular)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment, designed in honor and memory of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed Virgin Mary, and as a reminder for those who wear it to pray for the conversion of sinners. May this servant of yours, who is to wear it, by the merits and prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, likewise put on you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the scapular(s) with holy water, without saying anything; and then invests the person(s) with it, saying to each one:

Take, dear brother (sister), this scapular of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed Virgin Mary, so that by her intercession you may divest yourself of the old man, and be cleansed from every stain of sin. May you keep it spotless and thus attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest continues:

By the faculty granted me, I make you a partaker of all the spiritual benefits which the Congregation of Clerks Regular enjoys by God's grace and the privilege of the Holy See; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then he kneels, and together with the person(s) just enrolled he says the following prayers three times:

Let praise and thanksgiving be offered at every moment to the holy and godly sacrament.

Blessed be the holy and immaculate conception of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

The faithful should be urged to repeat these praises over and over, in order to gain the indulgences attached thereto. (Decree of Pius VII, June 30, 1818; Brief of Leo XIII, Sept. 10, 1878; Decree of Pius X, April 10, 1913).

8. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE BLACK SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Servites)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Almighty everlasting God, whom it pleased to lift up a fallen world by the death of your only-begotten Son, in order to deliver us from everlasting condemnation, and to lead us to the joys of the kingdom of heaven; we beg you to look with favor on this family of your servants, founded in the name of the blessed Virgin of the Seven Sorrows, of which family this servant of yours wishes to be a member. Let the number of those who faithfully serve you be increased. Let this candidate be delivered from all vexations of the world and of the flesh and of the snares of the devil; and by the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, of St. Augustine, of St. Philip, and of the seven holy fathers and founders of our Order, may he (she) attain the true joys that last forever; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Turning to the scapular which lies on the altar the priest says:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment, which our holy fathers have sanctioned to be worn by us in token of innocence and lowliness, and in memory of the Seven Sorrows of the blessed Virgin Mary. May he (she), who is to wear it, likewise put on you, our Savior, in body and soul. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles the scapular with holy water, saying:

Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Then he blesses the rosary of the Seven Sorrows, using the prayer "Almighty and merciful God" given below; and he sprinkles the rosary with holy water.

After this he invests the person (who is kneeling before him) with the scapular, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this habit of the blessed Virgin Mary, the special badge of her servants, as a reminder of the Seven Sorrows she endured during the life and death of her only- begotten Son. And having been invested with it, may you by her patronage attain everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Then he hands the rosary to the person, saying:

Take the rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, designed to commemorate her Seven Sorrows. As your lips utter her praises, may your heart fully commiserate with her in her sufferings.

All: Amen.

Lastly he blesses the person(s), saying:

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

9. BLESSING OF THE ROSARY OF THE SEVEN SORROWS

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Servites)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us, willed that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come down on earth for our salvation, taking our flesh and submitting to the torment of the cross; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + this rosary, which your faithful Church has consecrated to the memory of the Seven Sorrows of the Mother of your Son. Let it be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever recites it, or carries it on his person, or reverently keeps it in his home, may always and everywhere in this life be shielded from all enemies, visible and invisible, and at the hour of death attain the grace of being presented to you by the blessed Virgin Mary, crowned with the aureole of good works through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the rosary with holy water.

10. SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING THE ROSARY OF THE SEVEN SORROWS

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Servites)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 11, 1925)

This form may be used only in a private manner, whenever through force of circumstances it would be very inconvenient to use the longer form.

May this rosary be blessed + and hallowed + for the praise and glory of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and in memory of the sorrows she endured during the life and death of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

11. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Discalced Carmelites)

The person who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest vested in surplice and white stole, says:

The antiphon, versicles, and the prayer "May Christ," etc., for all of which see below. Then he adds the following versicles and oration:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

All: Both now and forevermore.

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 God and everlasting Father, who willed that your only- begotten Son be clothed in our mortal nature, we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to let your blessing + flow out on this garment, which our holy fathers have sanctioned to be worn by those who renounce the world, in token of innocence and lowliness. Let it please you to endow it with such blessing, + that he (she), who is to wear it, may likewise put on our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he says the prayer "We earnestly beg you," etc., see below; after which he sprinkles the habit with holy water. If only the habit is to be blessed, the blessing begins with the versicle Our help etc. (see above) and concludes with the aforementioned prayer "We earnestly beg you," etc. As he invests the person with the habit he says: "Take, dear brother," etc. (see below); after which he adds:

Lord, hear our humble entreaties, and help this servant of yours, whom we enroll in the holy sodality of the Carmelites, to be ever constant and true to his (her) proposal, and to serve you in all holiness. Protect your servant, Lord, with the saving grace of peace; and as he (she) confides himself (herself) to the patronage of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, let him (her) be safe from all adversaries.

Then he blesses the new member with the sign of the cross, using the prayer "May almighty God," etc., below.

He sprinkles the person with holy water; after which he adds:

By the delegated power which I enjoy, I receive you into the confraternity of the holy order of Carmelites, and enroll you as a partaker of all the spiritual benefits of this order; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

(See the concluding rubric regarding the admonition on p. 692)

12. ANOTHER BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Discalced Carmelites)

The person who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

Antiphon: O God, we ponder your kindness within your temple. * As your name, O God, so also your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of justice.

Psalm 47
Psalm 132

P: Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, * where brethren dwell at one!

All: It is as when the precious ointment upon the head runs down over the beard, the beard of Aaron, * till it runs down upon the collar of his robe.

P: It is a dew like that of Hermon, * which comes down upon the mountains of Sion;

All: For there the Lord has pronounced His blessing life forever.

P: Glory be to the Father.

All: As it was in the beginning.

All: Ant.: O God, we ponder your kindness within your temple. * As your name, O God, so also your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of justice.

P: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servant.

All: Who trusts in you, my God.

P: Lord, send him (her) aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over him (her) from Sion.

P: Let the enemy have no power over him (her).

All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm him (her).

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.

May Christ add you to the number of His faithful; and we, in spite of our unworthiness, include you in our prayers. May God, through His only-begotten Son, the Mediator of God and men, help you to live well, to do good, to persevere in your resolution, and to attain the inheritance of everlasting life. And as today brotherly love joins us in a spiritual bond here on earth, so may the divine goodness, in whom all love has its origin and its growth, be pleased to unite us with His faithful in heaven; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Hear, Lord, our humble entreaties, and be pleased to bless + this servant of yours, whom we receive in your holy name as a member and a partaker of all the spiritual benefits of this holy order, dedicated in a special way to the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of your Son. May he (she), by your bounty, remain loyal to the Church and make progress in virtue. Assisted by the prayers of Our holy order, may he (she) deserve to attain everlasting life. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then turning to the habit he says:

P: Lord, show us your mercy.

All: And grant us your salvation.

P: Lord God of hosts, let us turn to you.

All: Show us your countenance and we will be saved.

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.

We earnestly beg you, O Lord, to let your gracious blessing + come on this garment, in which your servant is to be clothed. May it be blessed and endowed with your power to repel all vicious assaults of our visible and invisible enemies.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

God, head of all the faithful and Savior of the human race, sanctify + by your right hand this habit, which is to be worn by your servant in love and devotion to you and your blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Under your constant guidance let its mystical significance be preserved both in the body and soul of him (her) who is to wear it; and may he (she) happily attain, along with all your saints, the everlasting reward. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Creator, preserver, and Savior of all men; God, the generous provider of man's well-being and the giver of all spiritual goods; pour out your blessing + on this habit, so that he (she) who is to wear it, aided from on high, may be filled with true faith, firm hope, desired charity, and may never be separated from you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles the habit with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying to each one:

Take, dear brother (sister), this blessed garment, and call on the most holy Virgin, that by her merits you may keep it spotless, be shielded by her from all adversity, and attain everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Then he continues:

By the power delegated to me, I receive you and enroll you as a partaker of all the prayers, penances, suffrages, almsdeeds, fasts, vigils, Masses, canonical hours, as well as all other spiritual favors which, by the merciful help of Jesus Christ, are performed day and night in various places by the members of our whole order; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then he blesses the new member with the sign of the cross, saying:

May almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, bless + you, He who graciously chose you for the society and confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We pray to her that in the hour of your death she will crush the head of your adversary, the serpent, so that you may finally and triumphantly possess the palm and crown of the everlasting inheritance; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Lastly he sprinkles the person with holy water.

If several are being received, the plural forms are used.

If only the habit is to be blessed, the blessing begins with the versicle "Lord, show us your mercy," and concludes with the prayer "Creator," etc.

At the end of the service the priest addresses a few but effectual Words of admonition to the newly enrolled member, to the effect that he order his life wisely and piously, and fulfill all the obligations, both those laid down in general for all tertiaries, as well as the special ones for members who desire to enjoy the so-called "Sabbatine" privileges (concerning which he should fully enlighten the party); moreover, that in future he be assiduous in honoring the Virgin Mother of God with devotions of a special nature, and dedicate himself in filial and sincere affection to her whom he regards in a special way as a most tender Mother.

13. THE SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

(Which can be used more conveniently by the officiating priest especially in a private investiture or when large numbers are being received.)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, July 24, 1888)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole or at least the latter, says:

P: Lord, show us your mercy.

All: And grant us your salvation.

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.

Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, sanctify by your right hand this habit, which is to be worn by your servant in love and devotion to you and your blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. By her intercession may he (she) be defended from the evil foe and persevere in your grace until death. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he sprinkles the habit with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying to each one:

Take this blessed habit, and call on the most holy Virgin, that by her merits you may keep it spotless, be protected by her from all adversity, and attain everlasting life.

All: Amen.

By the power granted me I receive you as a partaker of all the spiritual favors which, by the merciful help of Jesus Christ, are enjoyed by the religious of the Order of Carmelites; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

May almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, bless you, He who graciously chose you for the confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We pray to her that in the hour of your death she will crush the head of the ancient serpent, so that you may finally possess the palm and crown of the everlasting inheritance; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles the person with holy water. If several are being received the plural forms are used. If only the habit is to be blessed, the blessing begins with the versicle Lord, show us your mercy, and concludes with the prayer Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

14. THE SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING AND INVESTITURE FOR THE FIVE FOLLOWING SCAPULARS:

Blessed Trinity, Our Lord's Sacred Passion, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The ones who are to receive the scapulars are kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May he also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, head of all the faithful and Savior of the human race, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + these garments, designed in homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, in honor and in memory of your bitter passion, in honor of the Virgin Mother of God, under the titles of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Grant that those who are to wear them may deserve, by the intercession of your blessed Mother, likewise to put on you, our Savior, both in body and soul. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water. Then the priest invests each one singly with the scapulars, but he says the respective form only once for all in common:

1. Take this scapular of the Most Holy Trinity. May it help you to grow in faith, hope, and charity, so that you may put on the new man, created in the likeness of God in holiness and righteousness.

2. Take this scapular of the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, and divesting yourself of the old man, put on the new man. May you wear it with honor and thus attain everlasting life.

3. Take this scapular of the devoted servants of the blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin, so that by her intercession you may be cleansed from every stain of sin and attain everlasting life.

4. Take this scapular of the devoted servants of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows; and by diligent meditation on her sorrows may you be marked in heart and body with the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, and ever remain steadfast in your devotion.

5. Take this habit of the society and confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and call on the most holy Virgin, so that by her merits you may keep it spotless, be shielded by her from all adversity, and attain everlasting life.

By the faculty delegated to me by the Holy See, I make you partakers of all the spiritual favors of these orders and congregations, as well as the indulgences granted by privilege of the Holy See to these scapulars; in the name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Lord, send them aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over them from Sion.

P: Let them find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: Let the enemy have no power over them.

All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm them.

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.

Lord, hear our humble prayers, and be pleased to bless + those on whom we have bestowed these sacred habits in your name. May they co-operate with your grace, and thus deserve to attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen. May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

The singular form is used if the scapulars are bestowed on one person only.

15. BLESSING OF THE SCAPULAR OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

This scapular should be made of wool dyed red, and it should have on it an image of the crucifixion or one of our Lord's Sacred Heart with blood flowing into a chalice.

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and red stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: You have redeemed us, Lord, in your blood.

All: You have made us to reign with our God.

P: We therefore implore you to save your servants.

All: Whom your precious blood has redeemed.

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 God and everlasting Father, who willed that your only- begotten Son be clothed in our mortal nature, and shed His precious blood for the salvation of the world; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless and to hallow + this garment, designed as a sign of the faithful's devotion to the price of our redemption. Let him (her), who is to wear it, deserve likewise to put on this same Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

16. BLESSING OF CORDS AND SASHES OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

The sashes are made of wool dyed red: and if they are worn outwardly by women they ought to hang on the left. The cords too are made of wool dyed red. The versicles and responses are the same as Blessing of the Scapular of the Precious Blood; they are followed by this prayer.

Let us pray:

Almighty everlasting God, who appointed your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the human race, and willed to be appeased by His blood; increase our love of you, and be pleased to pour out your blessing + on these cords (or sashes). Let him (her) who is to be girt with one know compunction for his (her) sins in this life, be delivered from every sin of the flesh and all dangers to body and soul, and finally attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

17. BLESSING OF A VOTIVE GARB OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

This garb is black in color.

The versicles and responses are the same as Blessing of the Scapular of the Precious Blood; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, from whom every good and every gift descends on us, we offer you our thanks for having heard our prayers. By the merits of the precious blood of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, bestow on your servant who is to wear this garment well-being in body and mind. Help her to worship you in true faith as the Creator of all things; strengthen her hope in your only-begotten Son, Redeemer of the world; help her to love you above all else as the supreme good and to keep your holy commandments, until it becomes her happy lot to attain everlasting glory; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

18. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, April 4, 1900)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Lord, show us your mercy.

All: And grant us your salvation.

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.

Lord Jesus, who in a singular outpouring of love opened to your spouse, the Church, the indescribable treasures of your heart, be pleased to bless + this scapular, ornamented with the emblem of your heart. Grant that whoever will devoutly wear it may, by the prayers of Mary, your most gracious and blessed Mother, deserve to be enriched with gifts and powers from on high. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the scapular with ho]y water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this scapular of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and thus adorned in honor and in memory of His love and sacred passion, may you deserve, by the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, to have the fulness of divine grace and the reward of never ending glory; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

If the scapular is bestowed on several, the plural form is used. Lastly the priest says only once the following invocations, with the newly enrolled members joining in:

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, let my heart resemble yours.

Mary, Mother of grace and Mother of mercy, protect us from the enemy and receive us in the hour of our death.

19. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

The antiphon, versicles and responses, and the prayer "May Christ receive you," etc. are the same as under Another Blessing and Investiture with Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After these come the following versicles and prayer:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

God, by whose word all things are hallowed, pour out your blessing + on this habit (these habits); and grant that whoever will wear it in accord with your will and your law, as well as in gratitude to you, may, in calling on your holy name, be rewarded with health in body and protection of soul; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Lastly he sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this blessed habit, and call on the most holy Virgin, so that by her merits you may keep it spotless, be shielded by her from all adversity, and attain everlasting life.

All: Amen.

20. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling; the priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says: first, the versicles and responses is given above, No. 18; then he adds the following:

Let us pray.

Merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and a refuge for the afflicted willed that the heart of your Son, Jesus Christ, be full of love and mercy, and likewise the heart of the blessed Virgin Mary; be pleased to bless + this scapular, which is to be worn in honor and in memory of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Grant that this servant of yours in wearing it may, by the prayers and merits of the Virgin and Mother of God, come to resemble the heart of Jesus; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this scapular of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Let it be for you a safeguard and shield, so that, in meditating on the virtues of their hearts and seeking to imitate them, you may be worthy of the glorious resurrection; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

If the scapular is bestowed on several, the plural forms are used. Lastly the priest says only once the following invocations, with the newly enrolled members joining in:

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

21. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF RANSOM

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Our Lady of Mercy for Ransoming Captives)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says: first, the versicles and responses as given under No. 18; then he adds the following:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + his garment, which our holy fathers have sanctioned to be worn in token of innocence and holiness. May he (she), who is to wear it, deserve likewise to put on you, who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he sprinkles the habit with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

By the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and that of the apostles Peter and Paul, which has been granted to me, I present you with the habit of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy. This is done in recognition of your devotion to the most holy and immaculate Mary, Mother of God, as well as to the order founded in her name. And having been so enrolled, may it be your good fortune to have the grace of the Holy Spirit in this life, and everlasting glory, the reward of the elect, in the life to come; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then the "Veni Creator" is said), followed by the versicle:

P: Send forth your Spirit and all things shall be recreated.

All: And you shall renew the face of the earth.

P: Save your servant.

All: Who trusts in you, my God.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord, hear our humble prayers, and be pleased to bless + this servant of yours whom we clothe in your holy name with the habit of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy. He (she) deserves out of piety to wear it as long as he (she) lives, so that by your bountiful help he (she) may remain loyal to your Church, and finally attain everlasting life through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

22. BLESSING OF THE SAME SCAPULAR WITHOUT THE INVESTITURE

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says: first, the versicles as given under No. 18; then he adds the following prayers:

Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, we beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment which our holy fathers have sanctioned to be worn in token of innocence and humility. May he (she), who is to wear it, likewise put on you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Father of mercy and God of all consolation, you manifest above all how wonderful you are and how worthy of all praise in the gifts you have conferred on the most holy Virgin, Mother of your only-begotten Son. You have given her to us as our merciful Mother, raising her up to be the ransomer of captives, thus showing how it pleases you to be glorified in her. And so we humbly appeal to your kindness, asking that you graciously pour out your blessing + on every part of this scapular, designed to venerate the holy Virgin. Grant that whoever offers her due veneration may experience the powerful aid of this heavenly patron, along with your tender mercy both in this life and the life to come; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Lord God of clemency, who made the blessed Virgin Mary, the exalted Mother of your Son, shine forth forever in white-robed splendor and glorious array; we beg you to bless + this white garment, dedicated to the honor of the Virgin Mother, under the title of Help of Captives. Grant that whoever will wear it devoutly may be delivered from all evil, and deserve finally to be robed with the garment of heavenly glory; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

23. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY, HEALTH OF THE SICK

(Formerly reserved to Clerks Regular for Care of the Sick)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord, we beg you to bless + this garment, and to grant that whoever will wear it in honor of Mary, God's holy Mother, who is the health of the sick, may enjoy well-being in body and mind, and be led in the hour of death to everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water. After this the little red crosses that are to be attached to the scapulars are blessed:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord, bless + these crosses, that they may prove a saving remedy for the faithful; and grant that in calling on your holy name all who are to wear them may experience health m body and protection in soul; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who consecrated the cross with the precious blood of your Son, and willed to redeem the world by the death on this cross of Jesus Christ, your Son, who delivered the human race from the tyranny of the ancient foe by the power of this sacred cross; we humbly appeal to your kindness, asking that you bless + these crosses and impart to them your heavenly grace and power. May he (she) who carries them on his (her) person deserve to have an abundance of heavenly grace, and to have Christ as the defender against all artifices of the devil. We ask this of Him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water. After this the rosary of the dying is blessed:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: You have crowned the year with your bounty.

All: And the fields are filled with the fruits of the earth. 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.

Lord Jesus Christ, who willed to become man, to sojourn in the world, to suffer so much for the salvation of mankind, even submitting to death on the cross; be pleased, we pray, to bless + and to hallow + this rosary. May he (she), who will devoutly carry it on his (her) person and faithfully recite it, be enriched with your many graces and favors, and deserve to obtain an everlasting crown in heaven. May all the faithful the wide world over, who are suffering the last agony, be strengthened by your compassion, and thus come to share in your everlasting glory and splendor. We ask this through you, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The rosary is sprinkled with holy water. Next he receives the person into this pious confraternity, saying:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, we humbly implore you to give health of body and soul to the members of this pious sodality, as often as they invoke the help of the blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

God, who in your indescribable providence chose to elect St. Joseph as spouse of your holy Mother, and appointed him, along with the immaculate Virgin, a patron of the dying; grant that by his prayers we may in the hour of death invoke your holy name and the name of Mary, and so deserve to enter into everlasting rest. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

God, who endowed St. Camillus with the gift of extraordinary charity, making him the father of a new offspring for the care of the sick; grant by his merits and prayers that all who suffer from bodily illness may finally obtain everlasting health of soul; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Then he presents the scapular, saying to each one:

Take, dear brother (sister), this garment, the special emblem of the pious sodality of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, and of St. Joseph and St. Camillus; and wear it under their patronage so that you may come to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Lastly he presents the rosary, saying to each one:

Take this rosary of our Lord Jesus Christ, which has been woven as a memorial of His passion. And as you utter His praises may all who are in their last agony bear their sufferings patiently, and finally attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

May the peace and blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

24. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR* OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

(Formerly reserved to the Hermits of St. Augustine)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Dec. 21, 1893)

* This scapular is made in the usual way of two pieces of white wool joined together by double cords or bands. One part has an image of the Blessed Virgin made of silk or similar material, with the lettering: "Mother of Good Counsel," as venerated at the shrine of Genazzano. The other part has the papal arms, namely, the tiara with the keys, and the lettering: "Child, follow her counsel" (Leo XIII).

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says: first, the versicles as given on p 698 after which he says the following:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who by your incarnation dwelt among men as the Angel of Great Counsel and the Wonderful Counsellor; be pleased to bless + this scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel. May all who are to wear this emblem be empowered by you to follow right counsel and so come to enjoy the good things of eternity. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister) + this emblem of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Good Counsel; and by her inspiration may you always do whatever is pleasing to God, and so deserve to be numbered among His elect; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest continues:

P: Pray for us, O Mother of Good Counsel.

All: That we may be worthy of Christ's promise.

Let us pray.

God, who gave us the Mother of your beloved Son as our Mother, and made her beautiful image renowned by a wondrous apparition; grant, we pray, that we may ever follow her admonitions, and so be disposed to pass our lives in accord with your divine heart, and come happily to our heavenly home; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

25. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SCAPULAR OF ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF MARY AND PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites on April 18, 1893)

The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who willed to be given over to the custody of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, your immaculate Mother, be pleased to bless + this garment, designed as a safeguard for the faithful of your Church. Grant that this servant of yours may serve you steadfastly and devoutly, under the protection of St. Joseph. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:

Take, dear brother (sister), this scapular of St. Joseph, spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary; and having him as a guardian and protector, may you be defended from the wickedness of the devil, and finally attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Lastly the priest kneels and says three times the following invocation, with the newly enrolled joining in:

St. Joseph, our protector, pray for us.

26. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE CINCTURE IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

(Formerly reserved to the Hermits of St. Augustine)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who grant mercy and pardon to sinners as they seek your tender forgiveness, we appeal to your kindness, asking that you graciously bless + and hallow + this cincture. Let him (her) who is to be girt with it in penance for his (her) sins observe continence, which is so pleasing to you; let him (her) be obedient to your commandments; let him (her) obtain pardon for his (her) sins, by the prayers of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, of St. Augustine and St. Monica, and finally attain everlasting life; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, we beg you to bless + this cincture, a sign of purity, reminding us to restrain the loins and reins, to subject them under your law. Let him (her) who will wear it devoutly and implore your mercy obtain pardon and remission of sins by your exceeding great mercy; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the cincture with holy water. Then he blesses the rosary, saying:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who taught your disciples to pray, we beg you to accept with a blessing + the prayers of your servants, so that their prayer may ever begin in you and end in you, who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles the rosary with holy water. Then he blesses the person saying:

Let us pray.

Lord, hear our humble prayers, and grant that this servant of yours, on whom we bestow in your name this cincture, may by your bounty always devoutly persevere in holy religion; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the person with holy water. Then he invests the person with the cincture, saying:

Take this cincture about your loins, and let them be girt in token of chastity and temperance; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Lastly the priest says:

May the Lord who has begun a good work in you also bring it to completion; and by the merits of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, and of St. Augustine and his devoted mother, Monica, may He grant you an increase of grace and glory.

All: Amen.

By the authority I enjoy in virtue of the Apostolic indult, I receive you into the Order of St. Augustine, and make you a partaker of all the spiritual benefits of our whole Order.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

27. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE CORD IN HONOR OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Pray for us, O holy Father Francis.

All: That we may be worthy of Christ's promise.

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.

God, who willed in redeeming your servant that your Son should be bound by the hands of wicked men, we beg you to bless + this cord; and grant that your servant, who will girt his body with it as with the chains of a penitent, may ever keep in mind the chains of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever persevere in the Order to which he (she) has consecrated himself (herself), and ever acknowledge himself (herself) bound in affection to your service; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who in your loving kindness have pardoned and shown mercy to all sinners who long and seek for it; we pray that in your boundless mercy you may bless + and hallow + this cord. Let him (her) who will be girt with it in penance for his (her) sins, by appealing to your goodness and by the merits and prayers of your blessed servant, Francis, obtain pardon and remission of his (her) sins and the other fruits of your holy mercy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles it with holy water, and then invests the person with it saying:

Take this cord about your loins and let them be girt in token of chastity; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

28. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH WOOL CINCTURE IN HONOR OF ST. FRANCIS OF PAULA

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Minims)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says as he signs himself:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty, everlasting, and merciful God, who in your loving kindness have pardoned and shown mercy to sinners who long and seek for it; we pray that in your boundless mercy you may bless + and hallow + this woolen cincture. Let him (her) who will be girt with it in penance for his (her) sins, by appealing to your goodness and by the prayers of blessed Francis, obtain the pardon and remission of your holy mercy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the cincture with holy water, and presents the person with it, saying:

Take this cincture about your loins and let them be girt in token of chastity and temperance; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

29. BLESSING OF CINCTURES IN HONOR OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS FOR PRESERVATION OF CHASTITY

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Preachers)

The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, lover and guardian of purity, we appeal to your boundless goodness, asking that just as you caused St. Thomas Aquinas to be girt with the cincture of chastity by the ministry of angels, and preserved him from every stain of body and soul, so also you may be pleased to bless + and to hallow + these cinctures in his honor and glory. Let all who reverently bind their loins with them be cleansed of every defilement of mind and body, and deserve to be presented to you at the hour of death by the hands of the holy angels. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The cinctures are sprinkled with holy water.

30. BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH SACRED MEDAL OF MARY IMMACULATE

Commonly Known as the "Miraculous Medal"

(Formerly reserved to the Congregation of the Missions)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, April 19, 1895)

The priest who is to bless the sacred medal of the Immaculate Conception, vested in surplice and white stole, says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who by the many appearances on earth of the Immaculate Virgin Mary were pleased to work miracles again and again for the salvation of souls; kindly pour out your blessing + on this medal, so that all who devoutly wear it and reverence it may experience the patronage of Mary Immaculate and obtain mercy from you; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the medal with holy water, and presents it to the person, saying:

Take this holy medal; wear it with faith, and handle it with due devotion, so that the holy and immaculate Queen of heaven may protect and defend you. And as she is ever ready to renew her wondrous acts of kindness, may she obtain for you in her mercy whatever you humbly ask of God, so that both in life and in death you may rest happily in her motherly embrace.

All: Amen.

The priest continues:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Queen conceived without original sin.

All: Pray for us.

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.

Lord Jesus Christ, who willed that your Mother, the blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin, should become illustrious through countless miracles; grant that we who ever seek her patronage may finally possess everlasting joys. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

31. BLESSING OF MEDALS OF ST. BENEDICT

(Formerly reserved to the Order of St. Benedict)

The priest who is to bless the medals of St. Benedict says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

I cast out the demon from you, creature medals, by God the Father almighty, who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that they contain. May all power of the adversary, all assaults and pretensions of Satan, be repulsed and driven afar from these medals, so that they may be for all who will use them a help in mind and body; in the name of the Father + almighty, of Jesus + Christ, His Son, our Lord, of the Holy + Spirit, the Advocate, and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.

All: Amen.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Let us find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: The Lord will give strength to His people.

All: The Lord will bless His people with His peace.

P: Lord, send us aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over us from Sion.

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 God, lavish dispenser of every good, we humbly ask that by the prayers of St. Benedict you pour out your blessing + on these sacred medals, impressed with letters and signs ascribed to you. Let all who will wear them with hearts intent on good works deserve to obtain health of mind and body, your holy grace, and the indulgences that have been granted to us. And may they escape by your merciful help all attacks and wiles of the devil, and finally appear in your presence sinless and holy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who willed in redeeming the whole world to be born of a Virgin, to be circumcized, rejected by the Jews, betrayed with a kiss by Judas, bound in chains, crowned with thorns, pierced with nails, crucified between robbers, wounded with a lance, and to die at last on the cross; I humbly ask, by this your sacred passion, that you expel all attacks and wiles of the devil from the person who devoutly calls on your holy name, using these words and signs ascribed to you. May it please you to lead him (her) to the harbor of everlasting salvation, you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

The priest sprinkles the medals with holy water.

32. SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING MEDALS OF ST. BENEDICT

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Dec. 13, 1922)

The first versicle and the exorcism are the same as those given under No. 31. Then follow the versicles beginning with "Lord, heed my prayer," etc. and the oration "Almighty God," etc.; after which the medals are sprinkled with holy water.

33. BLESSING OF THE ROSARY OF OUR LORD

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Camaldulese)

The versicles and responses are the same as those given under No. 23 and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who became man, sojourning in the world for thirty-three years, suffering many things for the salvation of men, and who willed finally to die on the cross; be pleased, we pray, to bless + and to hallow + this rosary (these rosaries), which you directed St. Michael the Hermit of Camaldulese to introduce for the purpose of commemorating your life, passion, and death. May all who devoutly carry it (them) on their person and faithfully recite it (them) be enriched with your many graces and mercies, and deserve to obtain an everlasting crown in heaven; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

It (they) is (are) sprinkled with holy water.

35. BLESSING OF ROSARIES OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

(Formerly reserved to the Congregation of Missionaries of the Precious Blood)

The rosary is made up of thirty-three beads divided into seven parts, six of which have five beads each, and the seventh only three. In this way the seven principal sheddings of Christ's blood are honored by the recitation of thirty-three Our Fathers and seven Glory be to the Fathers.

The versicles and responses are the same as those given under No. 15; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us, willed that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come down from heaven to earth, taking flesh at the angel's message in the sacred womb of Our Lady, the blessed Virgin Mary, in order to snatch us from Satan's tyranny; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + these rosaries, which your faithful Church has consecrated to the honor and praise of the precious blood of your Son. Let them be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries one on his person or reverently keeps one in his home, may always and everywhere in this life be shielded from all enemies, visible and invisible, and at his death, by the merits of the precious blood, happily attain everlasting blessedness; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

35. BLESSING OF ROSARIES OF OUR LADY

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Preachers)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us, willed that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come down from heaven to earth, take flesh at the angel's message in the sacred womb of Our Lady, the blessed Virgin Mary, submit to death on the cross, and rise gloriously from the dead on the third day, in order to snatch us from Satan's tyranny; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + these rosaries, which your faithful Church has consecrated to the honor and praise of the Mother of your Son. Let them be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries one on his person or reverently keeps one in his home, or devoutly prays to you, while meditating on the divine mysteries, according to the rules of this holy society, may fully participate in all the graces, privileges, and indulgences which the Holy See has granted to this society. And may he always and everywhere in this life be shielded from all enemies, visible and invisible, and at his death deserve to be presented to you by the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, laden with the merits of good works; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

The rosaries are sprinkled with holy water.

36. SHORT FORM FOR BLESSING ROSARIES OF OUR LADY

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Nov. 23, 1918)

To the honor and glory of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and in memory of the mysteries of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, may these rosaries be blessed + and hallowed +; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

37. BLESSING OF ROSES FOR THE SOCIETY OF THE ROSARY

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

God, the Creator and preserver of the human race, giver of heavenly grace, and lavish dispenser of everlasting salvation; with your holy benediction bless + these roses which we present to you today in gratitude for your favors, and in devotion and veneration of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin. By the power of the holy cross pour out a heavenly blessing + on these roses, which you have given to man to enjoy their sweet fragrance and to alleviate the sufferings of the sick. By the sign of the holy + cross let them be endowed with such blessing that the sick to whom they are brought and whose homes they adorn may be healed of their infirmities; and let them drive away in fear and trembling the devil with all his followers, nevermore to molest the people who are your servants; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The roses are sprinkled with holy water.

38. BLESSING OF CANDLES FOR ROSARY SOCIETY

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world, by the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother, and the fifteen mysteries of her rosary, pour out your blessing + on these candles and tapers, and hallow + them by the light of your grace. Mercifully grant that as these lights with their visible fire dispel the darkness of the night, so may the Holy + Spirit with His invisible fire and splendor dispel the darkness of our transgressions. May He help us ever to discern with the pure eye of the spirit the things that are pleasing to you and beneficial to us, so that in spite of the darkness and pitfalls of this world we may come at last to the unending light. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

39. BLESSING OF ROSARIES OF ST. BRIDGET

(Formerly reserved to the Order of the Holy Savior)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us, willed that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come down from heaven to earth for our salvation taking flesh at the angel's message in the sacred womb of the blessed Virgin, in order to snatch us from Satan's tyranny; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + and to hallow + these rosaries, which your faithful Church has consecrated to the honor and praise of the Mother of your Son. Let them be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries one on his person, or recites it, or reverently keeps it in his home, may always and everywhere be shielded from every foe and adversity, may gain the indulgences granted by the holy Roman Church, and at his death deserve to be presented to you by the blessed Virgin, laden with the merits of good works; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

40. BLESSING OF THE ROSARY OF ST. JOSEPH

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Carmelites)

The versicles are the same as on p. 722; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, who, out of exceeding love for us, willed that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, come down from heaven to earth for our salvation, taking flesh at the angel's message in the sacred womb of the blessed Virgin, in order to snatch us from Satan's tyranny; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this rosary, made and dedicated to the honor and praise of the Mother of your Son and of St. Joseph, her devoted spouse. Let it be endowed with such power of the Holy + Spirit, that whoever carries it on his person, or reverently keeps it in his home, may always and everywhere in this life be shielded from every visible and invisible foe, and at his death deserve to be presented to you by these holy spouses, laden with the merits of good works; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

40. BLESSING OF THE RING OF ST. JOSEPH

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

The versicles are the same as #39; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

God, whose word sanctifies everything that we possess, we beg you to pour out your blessing + on us and on this ring; and by the prayers of the blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, and her spouse, St. Joseph, may we mercifully obtain whatever is necessary for us in this life and be grateful for it; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

41. BLESSING OF THE SICK WITH RELIC OF TRUE CROSS OR THE SIGN OF ST. MAURUS THE ABBOT

(Formerly reserved to the Order of St. Benedict)

Before the ceremony a relic of the true cross of our Lord is exposed. with at least two lighted candles beside it. Then the sick person is encouraged to make an act of contrition, as well as an act of firm faith that, by the merits and prayers of St. Benedict and St. Maurus, he will be restored to health, God willing. Three Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory be to the Father are said in honor of the Most Holy Trinity. Following this the priest, vested in surplice and red stole, holds the relic in his right hand before the sick person, and says:

P: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving and honor, and power, and strength to our God forever and ever.

All: Amen.

P: My foot is set on the right path.

All: I will praise you, Lord, in the assemblies.

Invocation

As I call on the holy name of the Lord, may you be restored to desired good health by that faith with which St. Maurus healed the sick with the following words; and I, unworthy sinner though I am, in similar faith now humbly say this prayer over you:

In the name of the all holy and undivided Trinity, and aided by the merits of our holy father, St. Benedict, I say to you: "Arise, N., fully restored to health"; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Antiphon: Surely He has born our grief and endured our sorrows; and by His stripes we are healed.

P: He who pardons man's iniquities.

All: May He heal your infirmities.

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.

God, Creator of all things, who ordained that your only-begotten Son, by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit, take flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, in order to redeem the human race; and who in redeeming us were pleased to heal the wounds and infirmities of our souls by the holy and glorious wood of the life-bearing cross; grant that your servant, N., be restored to former good health by the power of this same life-giving sign; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who gave to St. Benedict, my master, the power to obtain from you whatever he would ask in your name; be pleased to expel by his prayers all suffering from this servant of yours, so that restored to health he (she) may offer thanksgiving to your holy name. We ask this of you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

All: Amen.
The Sign

By the intercession of the immaculate Mother of God, ever a Virgin, and by the prayers of St. Benedict and St. Maurus, may the power of God + the Father, the wisdom of God + the Son, and the might of the Holy + Spirit, deliver you from this infirmity.

All: Amen.

May God's will be done in all things, and so may it be done in your case, just as you seek and desire only the praise and honor of the all holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lastly he blesses the sick person with the relic of the holy cross, saying:

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

He then presents the relic to be kissed. This "sign" may be repeated three times if necessary, either the same day or on different days, as the case requires. Also, if desired, three votive Masses may be celebrated one of the Passion, one of St. Maurus the Abbot, and one of the dead. Otherwise the sick person will recite the rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, if he is able, or will have it recited for him, distributed in three parts and for the aforementioned intention.

43. BLESSING OF WATER FOR THE SICK IN HONOR OF THE B.V.M. AND ST. TORELLUS

(By a Brief dated December 16, 1628)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

God, who in your heavenly mercy keep harmful things from man, giving him only the things that are for his good; who at the pool of Probatica moved the waters by the hand of your angel, thus destroying sickness and conferring health; pour out the dew of your blessing + on this water, so that all the sick who drink it may, by the merits and prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary and the holy confessor, Torellus, regain their health. May women who are with child be spared every dire misfortune, and have the happiness of bringing their offspring to the grace of holy baptism; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The water is sprinkled with holy water.

44. BLESSING OF WATER WITH THE RELICS OF ST. PETER THE MARTYR

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Preachers)

The versicles are the same as those given above; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

God, who for man's salvation instituted the most wonderful mysteries in the element of water, hearken to our prayer, and pour forth your blessing + on this element, water, which we now make holy in the name of St. Peter the Martyr. By the intercession of this martyr of yours let it prove a salutary remedy for your faithful, driving out evil spirits and warding off illness and suffering of body and spirit. May all who drink of it or are sprinkled with it be delivered from every affliction of body and soul and regain health in their whole being; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, we humbly appeal to your mercy and goodness to graciously bless + by your indescribable power these your faithful people, who come to venerate the relics of St. Peter the Martyr and beg his intercession. Delivered by your martyr's prayers from every affliction of mind and body, protected by your mercy here and everywhere, and saved by your grace, may they deserve, after this life has run its course, to attain the joys that are unending; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

45. BLESSING OF PALMS OR OTHER FOLIAGE ON THE FEAST OF ST. PETER THE MARTYR

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

The versicles are the same as those given under #43; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we beg you to bless + these tree-branches, to pour out on them a heavenly blessing, by the power of the holy + cross and the prayers of St. Peter the Martyr; for when you once went forth to triumph over the enemy of mankind, you willed that little children pay honor to you, waving palms and tree-branches before you. By the sign of the holy + cross, let these branches be so endowed with your blessing, that wherever they are kept the prince of darkness with all his followers may flee in fear and trembling from such homes and places; no damage may be done there from lightning and storm; no inclement weather consume or destroy the fruits of the earth; no happening disturb or molest those who serve you, the almighty God, who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

46. BLESSING OF WATER FOR THE SICK IN HONOR OF ST. VINCENT FERRER

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

All: Both now and forevermore.

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.

We humbly appeal to your majesty, O Lord, asking that as you once blessed the rock in the desert, letting a copious flow of water come forth when Moses struck it twice with his rod, thus typifying by this double stroke the mystery of your passion and the two wooden beams of the cross; so now you may again hallow with your bounteous blessing this water by the mystery of the same holy cross. And let every sick person who drinks of it or is sprinkled with it forthwith experience the healing effect of your blessing; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

I bless this water in the name of God + the Father almighty, who created this pleasing element for man's use ennobling it by His wondrous power to wash away the stains of both body and soul; to be drink for the thirsty cool refreshment for those suffering from the heat; a means of travel for seafarers; and who in water and by the water in the universal deluge--when the cataracts of heaven poured down rain for forty days and forty nights, yet sparing the lives of the eight people in the Ark--prefigured the sacrament of the New Covenant. May He now bless + and hallow + this water, so that by the invocation of His holy name and that of St. Vincent, it may heal the sick, strengthen the infirm, cheer the downcast, purify the unclean, and give full well-being to those who seek it; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

The priest, touching the vessel of water with a relic or image of St. Vincent, says:

Let us pray.

Lord, hear our entreaties, and by the merits of St. Vincent, whose relic (or image) we apply to it, pour out your constant blessing on this element, water, and let it be a health-giving drink to those who use it.

All: Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

This sign of the cross should be traced with the relic or image. Then the priest says;

Antiphon: May St. Vincent be with us in the twilight of life to lead us on the sure path to Christ.

P: Pray for us, St. Vincent.

All: That we may be worthy of Christ's promise.

Let us pray.

God, who has granted that a multitude of people acknowledge your name through the preaching of your confessor, Vincent; we beg you that it be our lot to have Him as our reward in heaven whom he announced on earth as the Judge who is to come; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

47. BLESSING OF WATER FOR THE SICK IN HONOR OF ST. RAYMOND NONNATUS

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Our Lady of Ransom)

The versicles are the same as those given under No. 43; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

God, the health and strength of all the faithful, who once completely cured the mother-in-law of your apostle, Peter, of her high fever, as you perceived her devout desire; be pleased to bless + and to hallow + this creature, water, in your own holy name and that of your confessor, Raymond, whom you called to forsake the world and to enter the order of the exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Grant, we pray, by her glorious merits and prayers, that all who suffer from fever may be delivered from every infirmity of body and soul when they bathe in this water, or drink it, or are sprinkled with it, and so deserve to be restored unharmed to your Church, where they will always offer their prayers of gratitude. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

By the merits of St. Raymond, bless, + O Lord, this creature, water, as you once consecrated the waters of the Jordan through contact with your sacred body. And grant that all who taste of it or touch it may regain health in body and soul; you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Antiphon: O Blessed Raymond, model of purity, chastity continency; intercede with the Mother of mercy that she may keep us from evildoing in this vale of tears, and help us to attain everlasting rest after we have laid aside this mortal body.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, grant, we pray, that, by the power of this blessed water, by the merits of the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, St. Raymond, and all the saints, the faithful who reverently drink of this water or touch it may regain health in body and soul, and so persevere in your holy service; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who enable us, your servants, in our profession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the three Persons in the eternal Godhead, and to adore their oneness of nature, their co-equal majesty; grant, we pray, that by steadfastness in that faith we may ever be guarded against all adversity; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

We entreat you, Lord God, grant us the enjoyment of lasting health of body and mind; and by the glorious intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, free us from present sorrow and give us everlasting joy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

God, who endowed Blessed Raymond, your confessor, with the wondrous power to deliver your faithful from captivity under impious men; grant by his intercession that we may be absolved from the bonds of our sins, and then tranquilly perform only those things that are pleasing to you; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

48. BLESSING OF CANDLES IN HONOR OF ST. RAYMOND NONNATUS

(meant especially to be lit for a safe delivery)

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

The versicles are the same as those given under No. 43; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, light of everlasting life, who have given us candles to dispel the darkness; we humbly beg you to bless + these candles by the merits of Blessed Raymond, your confessor. By the power of the holy cross bestow a heavenly + blessing on them. Let them be so empowered by the sign of the holy + cross, that the spirits of darkness will flee in fear and trembling from all places where their light shines, and nevermore disturb or molest those who serve you, the almighty God, who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then saying again "Let us Pray" the priest adds the three orations given on pp. 732-33; after which he continues:

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

He sprinkles them with holy water.

49. BLESSING OF OIL IN HONOR OF ST. SERAPION, MARTYR

(Formerly reserved to the same Order)

The versicles are the same as those given under No. 43; and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, the healer and solace of all men, be pleased to hallow + this creature, oil, as we bless + it in your name and in the name of the illustrious and valiant athlete of Christ, Serapion. Let all who suffer from sores, fractures, or other painful ailments, by the anointing with this holy oil and the prayers and aid of the Saint, who endured such intense and excruciating torment at his martyrdom, experience alleviation in this life, and attain perfect well-being in the life to come; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Antiphon: O Blessed Serapion, noble athlete and standard-bearer in the legion of Mary, beloved of the Virgin Mother, illustrious by your martyrdom; pray for us to the Lord who made you brave and strong in the crucible of your suffering.

Let us pray.

O Jesus our Redeemer, inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. And as Blessed Serapion followed your example, even to death on a cross, in order to ransom the faithful, so by his intercession may we never be broken by any kind of adversity, but always have strength to embrace your cross. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Lord of mercy and of clemency, by the illustrious merits of the bitter suffering of your martyr, Serapion, a Machabee of the New Covenant, bless + this oil and hallow it by the power of your + benediction. Grant that, by the devout anointing with this oil in honor of your martyr, all who are suffering from any kind of pain may experience by your help alleviation in body, and by your grace solace of mind, and thus fully restored in health, be able to offer you thanksgiving in your Church; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, come upon you and remain with you forever.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.

50. BLESSING OF WATER IN HONOR OF ST. ALBERT, CONFESSOR

(Formerly reserved to the Order of Discalced Carmelites)

The priest is vested in surplice and stole, or at least in a stole. Assisted by a server who carries a lighted candle, he goes to the place where the relics of St. Albert are reserved and reverently exposes them. The water to be blessed is at hand in a fitting vessel. First the priest says the versicle as given under No. 46, after which he adds the following:

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, health and strength of all the faithful, who once completely cured the mother-in-law of your apostle, Peter, of her high fever; be pleased to bless + and to hallow + this creature, water. By the prayers of Blessed Albert, your confessor, whom you called to forsake the world and to enter the Order of your Mother, the Virgin Mary, and by the humble use of this water, may all who suffer from fever be delivered from every infirmity of body and soul, and so deserve to be restored unharmed to your Church, where they will always offer their prayers of gratitude. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he reverently takes the relics and immerses them in the water tracing with them the sign of the cross, and saying:

By the merits of St. Albert, bless, + O Lord, this creature, water, as you once consecrated the waters of the Jordan through contact with your sacred body. And grant that all who taste of it may regain health in body and soul; you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Antiphon: O Blessed Albert, model of purity, chastity, continency; intercede with the Mother of mercy that she may keep us from evildoing in this vale of tears, and help us to attain everlasting rest after we have laid aside this mortal body.

P: Pray for us, O Blessed Albert.

All: That we may be worthy of Christ's promise.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God, grant, we beg you, that by the prayers of Blessed Albert, your confessor, all the faithful who reverently drink of this water may regain health in body and soul, and so persevere in your holy service; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

51. BLESSING OF WATER IN HONOR OF ST. IGNATIUS, CONFESSOR

(Formerly reserved to the Society of Jesus)

The versicles and responses are the same as those given under No. 46; and they are followed by this prayer:

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, who, in pouring out the grace of your blessing on the bodies of the sick, encompass your creatures with your generous love; hearken as we call on your holy name, and by the prayers of Blessed Ignatius, your confessor, free your servants from illness and restore them to health, and then hasten their convalescence by your sure hand, strengthen them by your might, shield them by your power, and give them back in full vigor to your holy Church; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

He then immerses a medal or a reliquary of St. Ignatius in the water, and holds it so until the following prayer is concluded:

Lord, bless + this water, that it be a saving remedy for men; and grant that, by the prayers of Blessed Ignatius, whose medal (or relics) is (are) now immersed in it, all who will drink this water may have health in body and protection in soul; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

He then removes the medal or reliquary from the water, and says:

Let us pray.

God, who through Blessed Ignatius have strengthened the Church militant with new reserves for promoting the greater glory of your name; grant that we who fight for your cause here on earth by his help and example may win the crown with him in heaven; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

52. BLESSING OF WATER FOR THE SICK IN HONOR OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

(Formerly reserved to the Congregation of the Missions)

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, March 16, 1882)

The versicles and responses are the same as those given on No. 46 and they are followed by this prayer:

Let us pray.

Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, who, in pouring out the grace of your blessing on the bodies of the sick, encompass your creatures with your generous love; hearken as we call on your holy name, and by the prayers of Blessed Vincent, your confessor, free your servants from illness and restore them to health, and then hasten their convalescence by your sure hand, strengthen them by your might, shield them by your power, and give them back in full vigor to your holy Church; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

He then immerses a medal or a reliquary of St. Vincent de Paul in the water, and holds it so until the following prayer is concluded:

Lord, bless + this water, that it be a saving remedy for men; and grant that, by the prayers of Blessed Vincent, your confessor, whose relics (or medal) are (is) now immersed in it, all who will drink this water may have health in body and protection in soul; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

He then removes the medal or reliquary from the water, and says:

Antiphon: The poor of Sion I will sate with bread, and I will let my blessing overflow on her priests, and her saints will exult exceedingly.

P: God, you have provided in your kindness for the poor.

All: The Lord gives orders to his messengers with great authority.

Let us pray.

God, who through Blessed Vincent have added to your Church a new community to serve the poor and to train the clergy; grant, we pray, that we may be imbued with the same fervor, so as to love what he loved and to carry out what he inculcated; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

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