21. BLESSING OF A HABIT

to be worn in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary or a canonized saint

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 Jesus Christ, who in becoming man for our salvation deigned to assume our vesture of flesh, bless + this habit with a holy benediction, for your servant is to wear it in thanksgiving to you and in veneration of the blessed Virgin Mary (or of St. N.). Pour out on him (her), we pray, your holy blessing, + so that when he (she) first puts on this garb, which is like that of a religious, he (she) may obtain, through the prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary (or of St. N.), your grace to protect him (her) from every evil of mind or body. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever.

All: Amen.

It is sprinkled with holy water.