Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bless This Home

O Gracious God Bless This Home
The tradition of house blessings is tied to the New Year and especially to the Feast of the Epiphany because Matthew tells us, "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."
You may want to say this prayer gathering together all who live in the house or you may want to say it silently in your heart.
A House Blessing

Bless this house, o' Lord we pray
make it safe by night and day                               
Bless these walls, so firm and strong
keep out trouble and want
Bless
the door that it may prove
ever open to joy and love
Bless the
windows shining bright
letting in God’s heavenly
light
Bless those who dwell here in
Fill them with your presence deep within
That we may know your love
And your guiding hand from above. Amen


While very few people have incense, gold and myrrh to spare the three fold gifts to take to a house warming or house blessing have changed over the years. (You may remember these from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.)

“Bread, so the house will never know hunger.
Salt so that life will always have flavor.
And wine so there will always be joy.”