Blessing of a Farm
(This prayer may be said to obtain God's blessing on a farm with its buildings or for the farmhouse alone.)
Bless, O Lord, Almighty God, this house (or this farm). May health and purity, goodness and meekness, and every virtue reign here. May all those who dwell here be filled with faithfulness to Thy law and with thanksgiving to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. May this blessing remain on this house (or this farm) and all who dwell here. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
|Here, we go now... 'round by the front creek toward the northeastern corner...|
|It was pretty wet and muddy I'm told.|
|Coming around the southwest corner... (To the left are the horse stalls, to the right, the back of the chicken house and the woodshed. In case you wondered what all these outbuildings are...)|
|That you 'Squatch?|
|Did you see that? |
The Solemn Exorcism of Harmful Animals
I conjure you mice (worms, sails, snakes, spiders, lice, ticks, etc.) in the name of
God, the Almighty Father, of Jesus Christ, His only Son, and of the Holy Spirit who
proceeds from both, that yu go out from these fields and pastures and remain no
more in them, but depart for places where you can harm no one. In the name of God,
the Almighty, of the whole heavenly court, and of God's holy Church, I declare you
accursed wherever you go so that you will become fewer day by day. May no part of
you be found again, unless it be for man's welfare. May He graciously grant this, who
will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.
* Note: Any prayer that is called an "exorcism" must be performed by a specially authorized priest.
You could pray this prayer of course, but not perhaps to the same effect.
|Through the jungle...|
|Under the pear tree..|
Blessing of Orchards and Vineyards
We beseech Thee, Almighty God, in Thy goodness, to pour down Thy blessings on these
young shoots and sprouts which Thou wouldst grow into mature fruit. Grant to Thy people
that they may always be permitted to grow, with due sunshine and rain, and make them gifts which the fruitful earth produces in fullness so that the poor and needy may praise Thy glory. Amen.
|And back to the driveway.|
Where Olivia shows us the fruits of the afternoon's work: really muddy sneakers...
and the satisfaction of helping her adopted Nebraska family stay safe, healthy. and well fed..
|WOOT! Are we ever blessed now!|
* Awesome photo of Monica snapped by Theresa. Seriously need to make a series of captions to go with this...