(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Dec. 1, 1886)
The priest, vested in surplice and stole, accompanied by the people, carries a relic of the True Cross to the river or stream, and there devoutly reads at each of four different spots one of the introductions to the four Gospels. After each Gospel he adds the following verses and prayers:
P: Help us, O God, our Savior.
All: And deliver us for your name’s sake.
P: Save your servants.
All: Who trust in you, my God.
P: Deal not with us, Lord, as our sins deserve.
All: Nor take vengeance on us for our transgressions.
P: Lord, send us aid from your holy place.
All: And watch over us from Sion.
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.
God, who give saving grace even to the wicked land who do not will the death of the sinner, we humbly appeal to you in glory, asking that you protect with your heavenly aid your trusting servants from all perils of flood. Let them find in you a constant safeguard, so that they may always serve you and never be separated from you through any temptation; through Christ our Lord.
And may the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, come upon these waters and keep them always under control.