26. BLESSING OF STONE-QUARRIES

{This blessing and the following one are not to be found in the latest edition of the Roman Ritual of 1952, for their composition is of later origin, and they were approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites on October 31, 1956 (see AAS 48 [1956] 844-45).}

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, the Creator and dispenser of all good things, who for our use planted innumerable riches in the bowels of the earth, to be dug out by the industry of man; be pleased, we pray, to pour out your blessing + on these stone-quarries, so that they may not be ruined, and that all who work in them may be safeguarded from accidents; through Christ our Lord.

The place is sprinkled with holy water.