A Liturgy for
Blessing
a House


(may include cleansing)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

We have come together
to celebrate the gift of this home
and to ask God's blessing on it,
and to ask God’s continued blessing
on those who live in it.
We have come together
to renew friendship
and to make festival together
to dedicate ourselves and this place
to the pursuit of peace, justice and wholeness
and to the care of God,
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

Unless the Lord builds the house
They labour in vain who build it.
Unless the Lord protects the city
The Watchers guard it in vain.
Our hope is found in Jesus Christ
God's stumbling block and corner stone.

(Prayer form the Iona Community, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.74-75)


Prayers and blessings

Let us now bless this house in the name of God and with our love and prayers.

A short space of silence is kept during which players may be offered in silence or out loud.

Be present, Spirit of God, within us,
your dwelling place and home,
that this house may be one where
all darkness is penetrated by your light
all troubles calmed by your peace
all evil redeemed by your love
all pain transformed by your suffering
and all dying glorified by your risen life.
Amen.
(Prayer by Jim Cotter, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.76)


May God give blessing
To this house and all who come here.
May Jesus give blessing
To this house and all who come here.
May Spirit give blessing
To this house and all who come here.
May all who come here give blessing
To this house and to all they meet here.
Both roof and frame
Both brick and beam.
Both window and timber
Both foot and head.
Both gate and door
Both coming and going.
Both man and woman
Both parent and child.
Both young and old
Both wisdom and youth.
Both guest and host
Both stranger and friend.
Peace on each window that lets in light
Peace on each corner of the room.
Peace on each place that ushers sleep
Peace on each plate that cradles food.
Peace of the Father, Peace of the Son
Peace of the Spirit, Peace of the One.
(Prayer form the Iona Community, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.76-77)

May this home be glowing with warmth
in the chill of winter
And a cooling shade
in the heat of the summer sun,
May it be a place
where one awakes with eagerness,
And a haven from stress,
when the work of the day is done.
May God, our Mother,
safely cradle this house in her strong arms,
And breathe the comfort of her love
through every room.
May God, our Father, fire the minds
of those who dwell here with hopeful dreams
And give them the strength
to make those dreams come true.
May God, our Companion,
fill this home with laughter
And weave a satisfying peace
in times of solitude.
May the cupboards be forever full,
And the table spread with welcome cheer.
May friends come often through the door,
But yet the need for privacy
be respected here.
May the wild beauty of God,
May the indwelling peace of God
May the surprising mystery of God
Inhabit this home.
Amen.
(Prayer by Jean Gaskin, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.91)


The Procession through the House


At the Entrance

Hear the Word of God:
“The LORD will protect you
as you come and go, now and forever.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Welcoming God.
As your people come and go from this door,
be their constant companion on the way,
and welcome them upon their return,
so that coming and going
they may be sustained by your presence.
Bring to this door both friend and stranger
who come in peace,
and guard it from any who come in hostility.
May every grudge or malice be left at the door,
and may those who brought them
be so touched by grace here,
that they forget to collect them when they leave.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this entrance
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.

In the Lounge or Living Room
Hear the Word of God:
“How wonderful it is, how pleasant,
when God’s people live together in harmony.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Gracious God,
for you have provided this place
for unwinding and enjoying company.
Give your blessing to all who share this room, that they may find joy in their relaxation,
and always be generous hosts.
May all who gather here
be knit together in fellowship on earth,
and find a first taste here
of the communion of your saints in heaven.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this lounge room
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In the Kitchen
Hear the Word of God:
“I am going to give you grain
and wine and olive oil,
and you will be satisfied.
Be glad, and rejoice at what
the LORD your God has done for you.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Plentiful God,
for you supply our every need
according to your great riches.
May this kitchen always be filled
with the produce of the earth,
and may the preparations here
be filled with pleasure and love.
Bless the hands that work in this place,
and fill us with gratitude for your provision.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this kitchen
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In the Dining Room
Hear the Word of God:
“You will have plenty to eat,
and be satisfied.
You will praise the LORD your God
who has done wonderful things for you.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Inviting God,
for you welcome us at your table
and call us to share in the banquet of life,
giving us food and drink to sustain our lives
and make our hearts glad.
Fill us with gratitude for all you give us
and with a hunger to hasten the day
when all the world will enjoy such blessings.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this dining room
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In the Bathroom
Hear the Word of God:
“I will sprinkle clean water on you
and make you clean
from all that has defiled you.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Creating God,
for you made us as whole persons
— bodies, minds and spirits —
and you called us good.
Give us a proper respect and love for our bodies,
keeping them clean and healthy,
so that we may glorify you in them,
as we confidently wait for you to clothe us
in robes of righteousness.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this bathroom
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In a Couple’s Bedroom
Hear the Word of God:
“You will be happy together,
drink deep,
and lose yourselves in love.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Passionate God,
for when you join two people
in a covenant of love and desire,
they are no longer two but one.
Bless those who lie down here,
with a holy passion and delight in their loving,
and with deep rest in their sleeping,
that they may rise to serve you
all the days of their life.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this bedroom
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In a Single Adult’s Bedroom
Hear the Word of God:
“You will lie down
and go to sleep in peace;
for the LORD keeps you perfectly safe.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Sheltering God,
for you are the true rest of your people
and you cover each person
with the soft shelter of your wings.
Bless to your people
their hours of rest and refreshment,
that sleeping they might rest in peace,
and waking they may rise to serve you
all the days of their life.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this bedroom
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In a Child’s Bedroom
Hear the Words of Jesus:
“Let the children come to me,
and do not stop them;
because the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Tender God,
for your Son took young children into his arms and blessed them.
Embrace the child/children whose room this is
with your unfailing love,
protect her/him/them from all danger,
and bring her/him/them in safety to each new day,
until she/he/they greets with joy
the great day of your kingdom.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this bedroom
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In a Guest Room
Hear the Word of God:
“Do not neglect
to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Hospitable God,
for you have taught us to welcome one another
as you have welcomed us.
Bless those
who share the hospitality of this home,
that this may be a place
of shelter, healing, peace, and love.

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this guest room
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


In a Work Room
Hear the Words of Jesus:
“Like the days of a tree
shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy
the work of their hands.”

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison
(This is sung while the thurible is used to waft fragrant incense around the room)

Blessed are you, Creator God,
for your Son Jesus sanctified our labour
as he crafted wood with his hands.
Be present, we pray,
with those who work in this place,
that, labouring as workers together with you,
they may share the joy of your creation

By the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit,
purge and heal this work room
of every spirit of fear and despair
that clings to it from past terrors,
and transfigure their legacy
into inspirations for justice, freedom and peace.


Concluding Prayers and Blessing

We dedicate this house to you
and your work as the God of Peace.
May it be a place of joy, laughter and freedom,
A place of renewal and refreshment
for those who are weary,
A place of hope
for those who have become disillusioned,
A place of healing and comfort
for those broken and hurt,
A place of forgiveness
for those who seek a new way of life,
A place of encouragement
for those who hunger and thirst
for peace and justice,
A place of vision and inspiration
for all those who seek a new and better way
for our country.
(Dedication Prayer from the Corrymeela Community, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change
compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.90)


Let us gather up our prayers
into the prayer our Lord taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the Kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
Now and for ever. Amen.

May the eye of God be dwelling with you;
The foot of Christ in guidance with you;
The shower of the Spirit pouring on you;
And be the Sacred Three
To save, to shield, to surround
The hearth, the house, the household,
This day, this night
and every day and night.
Amen .
(Traditional Celtic Blessing, published in Human Rites: Worship Resources for an Age of Change compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, London: Mowbray, 1995, p.78)