26. BLESSING OF MOLTEN METAL FOR A BELL

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 God almighty, who honored even inanimate creatures in designating them for your worship, we beg you to pour out your blessing + on this metal; and as it now issues forth a molten stream, let your hand guide it and your grace protect it, so that it will be cast into a good and artistic bell (or bells) for summoning the faithful to church, there to praise and to glorify your name; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The metal is sprinkled with holy water. And after the casting is successfully completed the priest adds:

Psalm 116

P: Praise the Lord, all you nations, * glorify Him, all you peoples.

All: For steadfast is His kindness toward us, * and the fidelity of the Lord endures forever.

P: Glory be to the Father.

All: As it was in the beginning.

Let us pray.

We beg you, Lord, let a breath of your grace prompt our undertakings and guide them along their course, so that our least prayer and work may ever begin in you and end in you; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.