25. BLESSING OF A BLAST-FURNACE

or of a Brick-Kiln

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 everlasting God, to whom all creatures owe their origin and are made subject to man’s use by an admirable arrangement of your kindness; who in one moment shielded the three youths in the fiery furnace by mitigating the heat of its flames, and in another moment again enkindled them to destroy those evil men who had cast the saintly youths therein; we humbly beg you to bless + this furnace, and to dispel from it all harmful tricks of the devil. Let it be productive and serve its purpose well, with its fires exerting their full force, so that the workmen may receive a good quality of metal (or a goodly number of brick). And let them in turn likewise receive an increase of your saving grace; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.