16. BLESSING OF FIELDS, MOUNTAIN-MEADOWS OR PASTURES

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Dec. 1, 1886)

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.

God, from whom every good has its beginning and from whom it receives its increase, we beg you to hear our prayers, so that what we begin for your honor and glory may be brought to a happy ending by the gift of your eternal wisdom; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Almighty everlasting God, who conferred on your priests above all others so great a grace, that whatever they do worthily and exactly in your name, is regarded as being done by you; we pray that in your kindness you may be present wherever we are present and may bless + whatever we bless. And at our lowly coming, through the merits and prayers of your saints, may demons flee and the angel of peace be at hand; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Now the Litany of the Saints is said; all kneel during the litany. After the following invocation has been said: That you deliver our souls and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from everlasting damnation, etc., the priest rises and says:

P: That you bless + these fields (or acres, or these mountain- meadows, or pastures, or meadows).

All: We beg you to hear us.

P: That you bless + and consecrate + these fields (or acres, or these mountain-meadows, or pastures, or meadows).

All: We beg you to hear us.

P: That you bless + and consecrate + and protect from diabolical destruction these fields (or acres, or these mountain-meadows, or pastures, or meadows).

All: We beg you to hear us.

P: That you mercifully ward off and dispel from this place all lightning, hail-storm, destructive tempests, and harmful floods.

All: We beg you to hear us.

Then the litany is resumed to the end; after which the priest says Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Send forth your Spirit and all things shall be recreated.

All: And you shall renew the face of the earth.

P: The Lord shall manifest His goodness.

All: And the earth shall yield her fruit.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we humbly appeal to your kindness, asking that you pour out the dew of your blessing + on these fields (or acres, or mountain-meadows, or pastures, or meadows), which it has pleased you to nurture with favorable weather. Grant to your people a spirit of constant gratitude for your gifts. Wipe out any infertility from this land, thus filling the hungry with an abundance of good things, so that the poor and the needy may praise your wondrous name forever and ever.

All: Amen.

The fields are sprinkled with holy water.