19. BLESSING OF A SHIP OR BOAT

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.

Lord, be well disposed to our prayers, and by your holy hand bless + this ship (boat) and its passengers, as you were pleased to let your blessing hover over Noah’s ark in the Deluge. Reach out your hand to them, Lord, as you did to blessed Peter as he walked upon the sea. Send your holy angel from on high to watch over it and all on board, to ward off any threat of disaster, and to guide its course through calm waters to the desired port. Then after a time, when they have successfully transacted their business, may you in your loving providence bring them back with glad hearts to their own country and home. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.