28. BLESSING OF MOBILE FILM

UNITS FOR ROAD

SAFETY

{On August 9, 1961, Good Pope John blessed forty mobile film units, designed by the Italian government to inform the people, both pedestrians and motorists, about safety rules in the streets and on the highways. Anyone who knows Italy will appreciate how opportune this business was. In a little talk explaining this new liturgical blessing, Pope John admonished the people to bear in mind the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”}

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 willed that the works of man be ordered both to the glory of your name and the welfare of mankind, pour out the grace of your blessing + on these machines, destined to disseminate the rules for road safety. May your servants, both pedestrians and drivers, learn by means of them to be prudent and vigilant and possessed by a fear of you, and so always be sure to have regard for their own safety and the safety of others. Lord, let no harm befall them, whether it be from the difficulty of the journey, or from weariness, or from rash speeding. May they show no lack of consideration, no lack of alertness. And as you onetime assigned the Archangel Raphael as a companion to your son, Tobias, on his travels, so may you now assign the angels as guardians of your faithful, helping them to walk before you in holiness while on earth, and to reach the goal of everlasting salvation; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.