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We have no time to lose to prepare ourselves for the things that are coming on the earth; and who wants to lose his crown, his glory, and hope of eternal lives that he has had in days past and gone by receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ? No man that has any portion of the Spirit of God. Let us rise up and magnify our calling, and labor before God until we can get the Holy Spirit, and until our prayers rend the veil of eternity and enter into the ears of the God of Sabaoth and [are] answered in blessings upon our heads. Consider these ideas as you study the chapter or as you prepare to teach.
Ponder or discuss different ways Elder Woodruff might have responded in each of these situations. What can we learn from his responses? What does it mean to you to pray in faith? Why must we pray in order to receive the blessings we need? What are some other purposes of prayer?
Why did the Savior need to pray? What can we learn from His prayers? How can prayer help us when we have decisions to make or when we have questions about our duties? What are some ways Heavenly Father has answered your prayers? How should we respond when an answer to prayer is different from the answer we have hoped to receive? What assurance did President Woodruff give parents who teach their children to pray?
What are some principles of prayer that parents should teach their children? How can parents help their children make prayer a part of their lives? In family prayers, why is it important that all family members receive opportunities to pray? How has prayer strengthened your family? Why are these attributes necessary as we pray and as we seek answers to our prayers? This Page MP3. Text Settings. Hyacinth parishioners received a small envelope with chalk and incense they can burn in their homes.
Anthony Camilleri, associate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia, said the chalking of the door is a great way for families, especially young families, to recognize their homes as the domestic church. Camilleri said. Smigielski sees the chalking and blessing of his home as a small way for his family to proclaim Christ in the world, a sign to all who come through his door that his home is a home for Christ.
Chalking my door is an invitation to speak to others about Christ and His Church. Voices See All See All. Latest News. Jan 7, Local. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole assisted by a server who carries the aspersory , goes to the threshold of the church.
The woman kneels there, holding a lighted candle. The rest of the rite speaks for itself; but it may be pointed out that psalm 23, which the priest recites over the woman, is a psalm of majesty, praise, and gratitude. Antiphon: This woman shall receive a blessing from the Lord and mercy from God, her Savior; for she is one of the people who seek the Lord. Then the priest places the end of the stole hanging from his left shoulder in the hand of the woman and leads her into the church, saying:.
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Adore the Son of the blessed Virgin Mary, and thank God who has given you the grace of motherhood. The woman kneels before the altar, giving thanks to God for the benefits He has bestowed on her. The priest continues:. Almighty everlasting God, who by means of the blessed Virgin Mary's childbearing has given every Christian mother joy, even in her pains of bringing forth her child; look kindly on this servant of yours who has come in gladness to your holy dwelling to offer her thanks.
And grant that after this life, through the merits and prayers of that same blessed Mary, she and her child may be deemed worthy of attaining the happiness of everlasting life; through Christ our Lord. The "Collectio Rituum," both for Germany and the U. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, begotten before time was, yet willing to be an infant within time; who love childhood innocence; who deigned to tenderly embrace and to bless the little ones when they were brought to you; be ready with your dearest blessings for this child as he she journeys through life, and let no evil ways corrupt his her understanding.
May he she advance in wisdom and grace with the years, and be enabled ever to please you, who are God, living and reigning with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. The blessing of a woman after childbirth ought to be given by the pastor, if he is requested to do so. But any priest may impart it in any church or public oratory, in which case he should notify the superior.
The priest meets the woman at the threshold of the church, sprinkles her with holy water, and says:. God's peace be with you. Adore the Son of the blessed Virgin Mary, and ask God to console and comfort you. Then he leads her and those who accompany her to the altar. They kneel before the altar; whereas the priest goes up to the altar predella, turns to them, and says the following:. P: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil. Almighty everlasting God, lover of holy purity, who chose in your wisdom and goodness to call this woman's child to your heavenly kingdom; be pleased also, O Lord, to show your mercy to this servant of yours, comforting her with your love, helping her to accept bravely your holy will. Thus comforted by the merits of your sacred passion, and aided by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, and of all the saints, may she be united at last with her child for all eternity in the kingdom of heaven.
P: Our God is merciful. All: He is the Lord who watches over little children. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, begotten before time was, yet willing to be an infant within time; who love childhood innocence; who deigned to tenderly embrace and to bless the little ones when they were brought to you; be ready with your dearest blessings for this child these children as he she they journey s through life, and let no evil ways corrupt his her their understanding.
May he she they advance in wisdom and grace with the years, and be enabled ever to please you, who are God, living and reigning with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them.
Advancing in virtue and wisdom before God and men, may he she reach a blessed old age and finally attain everlasting salvation. At the appointed time the children assemble in church under the tutelage of parents or teachers to ensure quiet and order. When they are properly placed, boys and girls separate, the priest approaches and speaks to them very briefly and simply on a suitable topic. Then standing and facing them he says:. At the end of the psalm the antiphon is repeated. This psalm and its antiphon may be omitted if the blessing is imparted less solemnly or only to a few.
Next the priest says:. Lord Jesus Christ, who embraced the little children when they came or were brought to you, and laying your hands on them blessed them and said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them. Let them ever advance in your grace and goodness, the better to know you, love you, fear you, and serve you, and happily reach their blessed destiny. We ask this of you, Savior of the world, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
We beg you, Lord, through the intercession of the blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, to defend this family of yours from every kind of adversity; and as they offer their hearts to you, protect them in your kindness and mercy from all wiles of the enemy; through Christ our Lord. God, who by your wondrous providence gave us your holy angels as our guardians, grant that we, your suppliants, may ever be shielded by their protection, and finally enjoy their fellowship in heaven; through Christ our Lord.
Strengthen their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, sanctify their lives, foster their innocence. Keep their minds intent on good, help them to prosper, give them peace, health, and charity. By your might and protection shield them always from every temptation of men or demons. And in your mercy may they finally attain the happiness and rest of Paradise; through Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, who embraced the little children when they came or were brought to you here the priest extends his hands over them , and laying your hands on them blessed them and said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them. The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these; and their angels ever see the face of my Father;" we beg you to look with favor on the devotion of these boys and girls here present, and let your blessing come on them in fullest measure. In accord with ancient ecclesiastical discipline, pilgrims who are to visit the holy shrines should obtain a letter of recommendation from their Ordinary or pastor before they set out.
Having put their affairs in order, they prepare themselves with sacramental confession, assist at Mass and receive holy communion. In this Mass the Collect for pilgrims pro re gravi is said. After Mass they kneel before the priest who says the following for the music see the music supplement :. Antiphon: May the almighty and merciful Lord lead you in the way of peace and prosperity.
May the Angel Raphael be your companion on the journey and bring you back to your homes in peace, health, and happiness. Then the Canticle of Zachary is said; and after the canticle the above antiphon is repeated. Then the priest continues:. God, who led the children of Israel dry-shod through the sea, and showed the way to the three Magi by the guidance of a star; grant these pilgrims, we pray, a happy journey and peaceful days, so that, with your holy angel as a guide, they may safely reach their destination and finally come to the haven of everlasting salvation.
God, who led your servant, Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and kept him safe in all his wanderings; may it please you, we pray, also to watch over these servants of yours. Be to them, Lord, a help in their preparations, comfort on the way, shade in the heat, shelter in the rain and cold, a carriage in tiredness, a shield in adversity, a staff in insecurity, a haven in shipwreck; so that under your guidance they may happily reach their destination, and finally return safe to their homes.
Lord, we beg you to hear our request that you guide the steps of your servants along the path of well-being that comes from you, and that in the midst of this fickle world they may always live under your protection. Grant, we pray, O almighty God, that your family of pilgrims find a safe route; and heeding the admonitions of blessed John, the precursor, come finally to Him whom John foretold, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Hear, Lord, our prayers, and kindly accompany your servants on their journey; and as you are present everywhere lend them your aid at all times, so that with you as their shield they will be defended from all dangers and pay you their homage of gratitude; through Christ our Lord. If there is only one pilgrim the prayers are said in the singular; but if the priest who bestows the blessing is a member of the pilgrimage they are said in the plural.
We beg you, Lord, be appeased, and lavish on your servants pardon and peace, so that being cleansed of all their transgressions they may serve you with tranquil hearts. Almighty everlasting God, the ruler of our lives and destinies, grant to your servants continual and abundant peace, so that those whom you have brought back safely to their various occupations may bask in the security of your protection.
God, the support of the lowly, you who console us by the love of our brethren; bestow your grace on our brotherhood, so that we may always see your presence in those in whom you live by your grace; through Christ our Lord. It deserves a place in the Ritual; and we are grateful to the N. News Service for its permission to print it. Lord, they tell me I must pray; but how can I pray when I am so unhappy? How can I speak to you in the conditions in which I find myself? I am sad; I am angry. Sometimes I am desperate. I would like to curse rather than pray.
I suffer deeply because everyone is against me and criticizes me because I am here, away from my own family and from my activities. I am without peace, and how can I pray, O Lord? I know you were good, you were wise, you were innocent. Yet they slandered you, they dishonored you, they tried you, they beat you, they crucified you, they put you to death? But why? Where is justice? And you were able to forgive those who treated you so unjustly and so cruelly.
You were able to pray for them. Indeed, they tell me that you allowed yourself to be put to death in that manner in order to save your executioners, to save all us sinful men. And also to save me? If this is so, Lord, it means that one may be good at heart even though the condemnation of the courts of men weighs on one's shoulders. I too, Lord, feel at the bottom of my heart that I am better than others would believe.
I know what justice is, what honesty is, what honor is, and what goodness is. Before you, these thoughts stir in me. Do you see them? Do you see how disgusted I am with my miseries? Do you see that I would like to cry out and weep? Do you understand me, Lord? Is this my prayer? Yes, this is my prayer. From the depths of my bitterness I raise my voice to you. Do not reject it. You at least, who have suffered as I have, more than I have, you at least, Lord, listen to me. I have so many things to ask of you.
Give me, Lord, peace of heart. Give me a tranquil conscience, a new conscience capable of good thoughts. Indeed, Lord, to you I say it. If I have been remiss, forgive me. We all have need of forgiveness and mercy. I am praying to you for myself. And then, Lord, I pray to you for my loved ones, who are still so dear to me.
Lord, assist them. Lord, console them. Lord, tell them to remember me and to love me still. I have so much need to know that somebody is still thinking of me and loves me. And also on these companions in misfortune and affliction, together here in this prison, Lord, have mercy. Mercy on everyone.
Yes, also on those who make me suffer, on all. We are all men of this unhappy world. But we are, Lord, your creatures, your likeness, your brothers, O Christ. Have pity on us. To our poor voice we add the sweet and innocent voice of the Madonna, of the most blessed Mary, who is your Mother, and who is for us also a Mother of intercession and consolation.
Lord, give us your peace; give us hope. The priest, vested in surplice and white stole, places the end of the stole on the head of the sick person, and reads the following passage from the Gospel. If he blesses more than one he holds the stole above them with his right hand. P: A reading from the holy Gospel according to St.
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All: Glory be to you, O Lord. At that time Jesus said to His disciples: "The kingdom of heaven reminds me of a treasure buried in the field; as soon as a person discovers it, he hides it again, and off he goes in his joy and sells all his possessions and buys that field. So it will be at the end of the world. The angels will go forth and separate the sinners from among the saints and consign them to the blazing furnace.
There it is that weeping and gnashing of teeth will really be heard. Then he presents the end of the stole to the sick to be kissed, and sprinkles him with holy water, saying:. Lord Jesus Christ, as I, in all humility, enter this home, let there enter with me your peace and your mercy. Let all wiles of the devil be driven far from here, and let your angels of peace take over and put down all wicked strife.
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Teach us, O Lord, to recognize the majesty of your holy name, and bless what we are about to do; you who are holy, you who are kind, you who abide with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. We entreat you, Lord, to look with favor on your servant who is weak and failing, and revive the soul you have created. Chastened by suffering may he she know that he she has been saved by your healing; through Christ our Lord.
Merciful Lord, consoler of all who believe in you, we appeal to your boundless compassion that at my humble visit you will also visit this servant of yours, lying on his her bed of pain, as you visited the mother-in-law of Simon Peter. Graciously stand by him her , Lord, so that he she may recover his her lost strength, and join with your Church in returning thanks to you, who are God, living and reigning forever and ever. May our Lord Jesus Christ be with you to guard you, within you to preserve you, before you to lead you, behind you to protect you, above you to bless you; He who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
If children who are ill are old enough to receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick, the same prayers and ceremonies are used as given in the chapter dealing with the visitation and care of the sick, depending on circumstances of time and illness. But for younger children the following can be used:. Next he sprinkles the sick child, the bed, and the room without saying anything.
Then he says psalm ; and after the psalm he continues:. God, by whose power all things grow to maturity, and once mature retain their strength, reach out your right hand to this boy girl who is afflicted at this tender age. Let him her regain health, grow up to manhood womanhood , and serve you in gratitude and fidelity all the days of his her life; through Christ our Lord. Merciful God and Father, our unalloyed comfort, who, having the interests of your creatures at heart, are inclined in your goodness to bestow the grace of healing not only on the soul but on the body as well; be pleased to raise up this sick child from his her bed of suffering, and to return him her in full health to your Church and to his her parents.
May he she then throughout the days of his her life, as he she advances in favor and knowledge in your sight and that of men, serve you in righteousness and holiness, and render you due thanks for your goodness; through Christ our Lord.
God, who in a marvelous way have disposed the ministries of angels and of men, mercifully grant that the life on earth of this boy girl may be under the protection of those who minister to you in heaven; through Christ our Lord. They shall lay their hands upon the sick and all will be well with them.
May Jesus, Son of Mary, Lord and Savior of the world, through the merits and intercession of His holy apostles Peter and Paul and all His saints, show you favor and mercy. If he wishes, the priest may add the following passage from the Gospel, depending on the child's condition and the desire of the parents:.
As the priest says "The beginning," etc. The people are to be informed of the day, the time, and the church where the papal blessing will be given. When they are assembled in church a short and edifying instruction should be delivered to them in order to arouse a spirit of devotion and compunction. After this the priest, vested in surplice and white stole, kneels at the altar and implores God's help as follows he is not assisted by anyone :. P: Lord, save your people. All: And bless your inheritance.
Almighty and merciful God, grant us your aid from your holy place, and graciously hear the prayers of these people who humbly ask for pardon of their sins, and look for your blessing and your grace. Kindly reach out your right hand over them, and pour out your blessing in fullest measure, that fortified with your gifts they may come to everlasting life and happiness; through Christ our Lord.
He then goes to the corner of the altar-steps at the epistle side, and blesses the people with one sign of the cross, saying in a clear voice:. Priests who enjoy the faculty of imparting the papal blessing are obliged to observe the prescribed form, and may use this faculty only in the church designated. They may not use it on the same day or in the same city or place on and in which a bishop imparts it.
If the Brief states that the papal blessing with plenary indulgence at the end of a sermon is to be given with a crucifix- -i. And to us, your servants, be pleased to give everlasting grace together with creature needs, thus enabling us to praise and glorify and offer thanks to your holy name; through Christ our Lord. God, our refuge and our strength and source of all goodness, heed the holy prayers of your Church, and grant that we fully obtain whatever we ask for in faith; through Christ our Lord.
Almighty everlasting God, who helped the illustrious St. Antony to emerge unscathed from the many temptations that beset him in this world; help also your servants to grow in virtue by his noble example, and to be delivered from the ever-present dangers of this life by his merits and intercession; through Christ our Lord. Antony deliver them from all evil; through Christ our Lord. God, who supplied even dumb animals to lighten man's toil, we humbly entreat you to preserve these creatures for our use, since without them mankind cannot subsist; through Christ our Lord.
Let the devil's power over them be utterly abolished, and do you, Lord, protect their life and health against recurrent sickness; through Christ our Lord. Have pity on us, Lord, we beg you, and turn away every scourge from your faithful. Rid our beasts of the dread sickness that is destroying them, so that we who are justly punished when we go astray may feel your gracious mercy when we repent; through Christ our Lord. Let your holy altars be adorned with the fruit of their industry.
And let your faithful people, resplendent in silken apparel, acknowledge you with heartfelt praise as the donor of every good. We ask this of you who, with your only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever. The priest vests in surplice and purple stole, and coming to the field or place infested with these creatures, says:. We entreat you, Lord, be pleased to hear our prayers; and even though we rightly deserve, on account of our sins, this plague of mice or locusts, worms, etc.
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Let this plague be expelled by your power, and our land and fields be left fertile, so that all it produces redound to your glory and serve our necessities; through Christ our Lord. Almighty everlasting God, the donor of all good things, and the most merciful pardoner of our sins; before whom all creatures bow down in adoration, those in heaven, on earth, and below the earth; preserve us sinners by your might, that whatever we undertake with trust in your protection may meet with success by your grace.
And now as we utter a curse on these noxious pests, may they be cursed by you; as we seek to destroy them, may they be destroyed by you; as we seek to exterminate them, may they be exterminated by you; so that delivered from this plague by your goodness, we may freely offer thanks to your majesty; through Christ our Lord. May you speedily be banished from our land and fields, lingering here no longer, but passing on to places where you can do no harm.
In the name of the almighty God and the entire heavenly court, as well as in the name of the holy Church of God, we pronounce a curse on you, that wherever you go you may be cursed, decreasing from day to day until you are obliterated. Let no remnant of you remain anywhere, except what might be necessary for the welfare and use of mankind. Be pleased to grant our request, you who are coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire.
God, from whom every good thing takes its start and receives its steady and full growth; grant, we beg of you, that what we commence for the glory of your name may be carried to completion by the ever-present aid of your fatherly wisdom; through Christ our Lord. May this blessing remain on this place and on those who live here now and always.
A pastor or another priest may wish to sprinkle with holy water a particular home or the homes of the faithful in general. On entering the home he says:. Antiphon: Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. P: Ant. Hear us, holy Lord and Father, almighty everlasting God, and in your goodness send your holy angel from heaven to watch over and protect all who live in this home, to be with them and give them comfort and encouragement; through Christ our Lord.
Pour out on them, Lord, heavenly dew in good measure, as well as an abundance of earthly needs. Mercifully listen to their prayers, and grant that their desires be fulfilled. Within these walls let your angels of light preside and stand watch over those who live here; through Christ our Lord. And as they grow older may they know many happy years together, and come finally to your heavenly kingdom; through Christ our Lord.
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Bestow your peace and blessing on it in full measure, so that its teachers and pupils may experience your saving grace, as did Zaccheus when you came into his home. Bid your angels to keep guard here and to drive away all power of the enemy. Inspire the teachers with knowledge, wisdom, and holy fear. Foster their pupils with grace from on high, so that they may grasp, retain, and put into practice the lessons they are taught. May teachers and pupils alike so please you by a truly virtuous life that they may finally deserve to be received into your everlasting home in heaven; through you, Jesus Christ, our Savior and our God, who live and reign forever and ever.
On a Sunday or feastday chosen by the pastor and the patron and duly announced, the celebrant and the clergy and other assistants assemble in the rectory or other suitable place, where they vest in white vestments. At the appointed time--everything being in order--they march in solemn procession to the church, singing the Litany of the Saints or other sacred hymns; and the church bells are rung. The procession proceeds in the following order: schoolchildren with one of them carrying their banner , the choir, the subdeacon with the processional cross, the patron or his representative, the rest of the faithful, and lastly the clergy and the ministrants.
Having come into church the celebrant kneels on the lowest step of the main altar and intones the "Veni Creator" in the usual way for the music see the music supplement. If there is no church at the place, the first part of the service is held in the room of assembly and vesting.
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. God, who know the secrets of man's heart and will, from whom nothing is hidden; chasten our innermost thoughts by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that we may perform this blessing in a worthy manner, and thus obtain for your faithful the welfare they seek.
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. Almighty everlasting God, we humbly beg you to look with favor on your children. Pour out on their hearts the grace of the Holy Spirit, that through Him they may ever be enlightened and instructed in whatever is pleasing to you, and so make progress in wisdom, age, and grace; through Christ our Lord.
Deacon: Let us go forth in peace. All: In Christ's name. Now the celebrant goes in solemn procession to bless the school. Arriving there he stands outside before the door and chants:. He intones the following antiphon. The choir continues with it and the psalm verse and repeats the antiphon at the end. For the music see the music supplement. While this is being sung he sprinkles the outer walls with holy water at least the front. After this he chants:. And at our lowly coming, through the merits of your saints, may demons flee and the angel of peace be at hand.
Holy Lord, almighty Father, through the intercession of St. Ignatius and St. Accompanied by the choir and clergy the celebrant goes up to the table which is covered with a linen cloth and on which is placed a crucifix and two lighted candles. There he chants the following:. Hear us, holy Lord and Father, almighty everlasting God, and in your goodness send your holy angel from heaven to watch over and protect all who assemble in this school, teachers and pupils, to be with them and give them comfort and encouragement; through Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your disciples: "In whatever home you enter, greet it, saying, 'Peace be in this home'"; let this same peace, we pray, abide in this school and in all who assemble here, teachers and pupils. Shield them, Lord, from all sickness. Foster their pupils with your grace, so that they may grasp, retain, and put into practice the many salutary and useful lessons they are taught. Let your angels of light dwell within its walls and stand guard over the teachers and pupils; you who live and reign forever and ever.
Then the celebrant again intones the antiphon of the "Asperges" as above; and while the choir sings the rest of it he walks around the room and sprinkles it with holy water. Coming back to the table he puts incense in the thurible and blesses it with the words:. Through the intercession of St. After this he takes the thurible and incenses the room. During the incensation the choir sings the following antiphon and psalm verses for the music see the music supplement :. Antiphon: May this incense blessed by you ascend to you, O Lord, and may your kindness descend upon us.
Glory be to the Father. As it was in the beginning. We beg you, O Lord, to visit this school and to drive out all wiles of the enemy. Let your holy angels dwell here and keep a peaceful watch over all who assemble here, teachers and pupils, and let your blessing be with them at all times. Let there prevail here a spirit of humility, goodness, mildness, gentleness, docility, fidelity and obedience to your law, and gratitude to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let this blessing remain here for all time, and let the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit come upon the teachers and pupils; through Christ our Lord. Almighty everlasting God, who are in full command of all places under your dominion, and without whose leave nothing occurs; shield this school from all harm, and let no evil power work havoc here.
By the power of the holy cross and by the operation of the Holy Spirit may a worthy service be rendered to you in this place, and may a holy freedom abound; through Christ our Lord. Abide with us, O Lord our God, and be a constant help to those who take refuge in your holy cross; through Christ our Lord. Making the sign of the cross with his right hand, the celebrant blesses I the room and all who are present, saying:. After this all go in solemn procession to the church, where the Mass proper to the day's office is celebrated. During the procession the children sing hymns and the church bells are rung.
Let it safely withstand fire and every peril, and let it increase its volumes day by day. May all who come here for work or for study grow in knowledge of things human and divine, and grow likewise in their love of you; through Christ our Lord. Let it safely withstand fire and every peril.
And let all who come here for research be intent on truth and justice, and grow in their love of you; through Christ our Lord. The rector of the seminary, or another priest appointed by the Ordinary to bless new seminary buildings unless the Ordinary himself wishes to perform the rite , goes at the appointed time to the chapel of the seminary and vests there in surplice and white stole. He is assisted by two clerics, both wearing surplices, one of whom carries the aspersory, the other the Ritual.