17. BLESSING OF ORCHARDS AND VINEYARDS

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.

Almighty God, we appeal to your kindness, asking that you pour out the dew of your blessing + on these budding creatures of yours, which it has pleased you to nurture with rain and mild breezes, and that you bring the fruits of your earth to a ripe harvest. Grant to your people a spirit of constant gratitude for your gifts. And from a fertile earth all the hungry with an abundance of good things, so that the poor and needy may praise your wondrous name forever and ever.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.