17. BLESSING OF A RAILWAY AND ITS CARS

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, who made all creatures for your glory and for man’s use, be pleased, we pray, to bless + this railway and its equipment, and to watch over it at all times with your kindly solicitude; so that your servants, as they speed along its course, may likewise advance in your law and your commandments, and thus happily arrive in your heavenly kingdom; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

Lord God, be well disposed to our prayers, and bless + these cars with your holy hand. Appoint your holy angels as an escort over them, who will always shield their passengers and keep them safe from accidents. And as once by your deacon, Philip, you bestowed faith and grace upon the Ethiopian seated in his carriage and reading Holy Writ, so also now show the way of salvation to your servants, in order that, strengthened by your grace and ever intent upon good works, they may attain, after all the successes and failures of this life, the certain happiness of everlasting life; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

The tracks and cars are sprinkled with holy water.