12. BLESSING OF A PRINTING-OFFICE AND PRINTING-PRESS

Latin Version

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, May 12, 1909)

Standing at the entrance the priest says:

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.

All: Amen.

As he goes into the building he says:

P: God’s peace be in this establishment.

All: And in all who are employed here.

Then he says the antiphon “Purify me with hyssop,” etc. (see The Sunday Blessing with Holy Water) as he sprinkles with holy water the various rooms of the printing-office, until he comes to the main part. He stops here and says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles: “In whatever home you enter, greet it, saying, ‘Peace be in this home'”; let this same peace, we pray, abide in this printing establishment and in all who transact business here. Be pleased, O Lord, to shield and to free all those who work here from every injury of body and soul. Fill the writers, managers, and employees with the spirit of wisdom, prudence, and strength, and instill in them a holy fear, so that they may faithfully observe the precepts of the Church, and thus use their vocation for your glory and for the benefit of their fellowmen. Good Jesus, who are the way, the truth, and the life, bless + this place, and grant, through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, your Mother, that all who are employed here may happily attain the imperishable crown of glory. We ask this of you who are God, living and reigning forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Then he blesses the machines and instruments, saying: Let us pray.

Lord God, the only source of knowledge, who were pleased so to enlighten men’s resourcefulness that they have succeeded in inventing new kinds of printing-presses; put your blessing, + we beg you, on these presses (this press). By your gracious help may we learn from the books here produced only such wisdom that comes from you and leads to you; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water; after which the priest adds:

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

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 are employed here, to be with them and give them comfort and encouragement; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

If only the printing-office is to be blessed, one omits the second prayer along with the sprinkling of the machines and instruments. But if only the latter are to be blessed, one begins at the versicle “Our help,” etc., says the second prayer, and sprinkles the instruments with holy water.