25. BLESSING OF A FIRE-ENGINE

Latin Version

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, April 10, 1912)

From the nearest church or another place designated for the purpose the clergy go to the fire-station, chanting or reciting the following antiphon and psalm. The priest intones the antiphon, which is then continued by the choir (for the music see the music supplement):

Antiphon: The fire’s fury was tamed, and its overpowering heat quenched, * as your beloved youths, Lord, were preserved unharmed.

Psalm 65

P: Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, sing praise to the glory of His name; * proclaim His glorious praise.

All: Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds! * for your great strength your enemies fawn upon you.

P: Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you, * sing praise to your name!”

All: Come and see the works of God, * His tremendous deeds among men.

P: He has changed the sea into dry land; through the river they passed on foot; * therefore let us rejoice in Him.

All: He rules by His might forever; His eyes watch the nations; * rebels may not exalt themselves.

P: Bless our God, you peoples, * loudly sound His praise;

All: He has given life to our souls, * and has not let our feet slip.

P: For you have tested us, God! * You have tried us as silver is tried by fire;

All: You have brought us into a snare; * you have laid a heavy burden on our backs.

P: You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, * but you have led us out to refreshment.

All: I will bring holocausts to your house; * to you I will fulfill the vows

P: Which my lips uttered and my words promised * in my distress.

All: Holocausts of fatlings I will offer you, with burnt offerings of rams; * I will sacrifice oxen and goats.

P: Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare * what He has done for me!

All: When I appealed to Him in words, * praise was on the tip of my tongue.

P: Were I to cherish wickedness in my heart, * the Lord would not hear;

All: But God has heard; * He has hearkened to the sound of my prayer.

P: Blessed be God who refused me not * my prayer or His kindness!

All: Glory be to the Father.

P: As it was in the beginning.

All: Ant.: The fire’s fury was tamed, and its overpowering heat quenched, * as your beloved youths, Lord, were preserved unharmed.

P: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Lord, send them aid from your holy place.

All: And watch over them from Sion.

P: Let the enemy have no power over them.

All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm them.

P: Fire and heat, bless the Lord.

All: Praise and exalt Him above all forever.

P: You sons of men, bless the Lord.

All: Praise and exalt Him above all forever.

P: Who delivers us from the devouring flames.

All: And leads us out of the encircling fires.

P: Let us praise the Lord, for He is good.

All: And His mercy endures forever.

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

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 by your angel assuaged the flames of fire for the sake of the three youths cast into the furnace in Babylon; we implore you to extinguish by your hand the evil lusts that burn in our hearts, and to deliver us from all fires, both in this world and in the world to come through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

God, in whose hands we are, dependent on you in our every thought, word, and deed; stand by your servants with your most generous aid, so that whenever we are threatened by dreaded fire we may have the protection of these technical devices; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
Let us pray.

God, the just and loving ruler of mankind, to whom as its Creator your creature, fire, is so readily subject that on the one hand it blazes out to torment the impious, and on the other it burns lightly to serve the needs of the devout; kindly hear our prayers, and pour out your blessing + on this fire-engine. Whenever this efficient tool is used with lively faith and fervent prayers against the ravages of fire, may the stream of water gushing forth from it extinguish the roaring flames, completely wiping out their destructive force, so that no injury befalls the faithful who trust in you, and no damage is done to their possessions. Thus may it come about that all who experience your protection against the fright and dangers of fire will turn away from sin with all their heart, and, mindful of your benefits, sincerely acknowledge that such visitations are a consequence of their sinful ways, and cease only when you deign to show your mercy; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.