27. BLESSING OF A BELL not designated for a church or oratory

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

All: Who made heaven and earth.

Then the seven penitential psalms are said.

After the psalms the priest continues:

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: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

All: Both now and forevermore.

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.

Almighty everlasting God, who arranged the purpose of all creatures with indescribable wisdom; be pleased, we pray, to pour out the dew of your blessing + on this bell, destined to ring out the order of the day’s activities and have them proceed in orderly fashion, thus forestalling any disturbance from the spiteful demon; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The celebrant puts incense into the thurible and blesses it. Then he walks around the bell, sprinkling it with holy water, during which the choir sings (for the music see the music supplement):

Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Then he again walks around the bell, incensing it, while the choir sings the following antiphon (for the music see the music supplement):

Lord, let my prayer come like incense before you.

Lastly the priest signs the bell with the sign of the cross, and departs with his assistants.