Last night we attended the Latin rite of the Solemn Blessing of Holy Water. Reserved for the Vigil of the Feast of Epiphany, this rite is not often offered in its traditional form. The ceremony was exquisite. A solemn procession, the litany of the Saints, a liberal dousing of the congregation with holy water and the distribution of blessed salt and holy water…simply lovely. The prayers were amazing…though recited in Latin, here is an excerpt:
I EXORCISE thee, O creature of water, in the name of God + the Father Almighty; and in the name of Jesus Christ, + His Son, our Lord; and in the power of the Holy + Ghost; that thou mayest become water exorcised for the chasing away of all the power of the enemy; that thou mayest have strength to uproot and cast out the enemy himself and his apostate angels, by the power of the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.
The preparations are made:
Gareth quickly brings up our box of salt:
A solemn procession:
The Litany in latin:
Father blesses us and offers prayers of exorcism:
A very liberal dousing with holy water!
The distribution of holy water and blessed salt:
A most lovely sight:
Happy Feast of the Epiphany!
This evening our family will gather in prayer for the traditional Epiphany blessing of our home. Lead by dad, three of the little ones will place the Three Kings close to the crib of our little Lord.
We have plenty of blessed salt, blessed chalk and holy water on hand! I love being Catholic…how wonderful to have these sacramentals…
Epiphany Blessings to you and yours,