Blessings of Food & Drink

A Blessing of Bread

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, You live and are King forever. Bread of angels, Bread of everlasting life, be so kind as to bless this bread as You blessed the five loaves in the desert, that all who taste of it may through it receive health of body and soul.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Another Blessing of Bread

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, be so kind as to bless this bread with Your holy spiritual blessing. May it be, to all that eat of it, health of both mind and body. May it be a guard against all illnesses and all snares of the enemy, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Your Son, the Living Bread that comes down from heaven and gives life and salvation to the world, and who lives and is King and God with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

A Blessing for Bread and Cakes

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, You live and are King forever. Bread of angels, Living
Bread, and Bread of life eternal, be so kind as to bless this bread as You
blessed the five loaves in the desert. Grant that all who becomingly enjoy
it may receive from it due health of both body and soul. R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of a Lamb

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, when You freed Your people from Egypt You ordered, through Your servant Moses, that a lamb be killed in likeness of our posts of the houses be sprinkled with its blood. Be so kind as to bless and sanctify this flesh which You have made, and of which we, Your servants, wish to partake in Your honor, through the resurrection of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and is King with You for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

(N.B. This Blessing of a Lamb, along with the Blessings of Eggs, of Bread, of Fresh Fruit, and of Any Food, are used especially at Easter Time, but they may also be used at any other season. Note the reference to our Lord’s resurrection in the Blessing of a Lamb and in the Blessing of Eggs.)

Blessing of Lard or Bacon

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless, Lord, this lard (or bacon) which You have made, that it may be a healthful food for mankind. Grant by the invocation of Your holy name that all who partake of it may receive health of body and safety of soul, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Cheese or Butter

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord God eternal, please bless and sanctify this cheese (or butter) which You have been so kind as to produce from the fat of animals. Grant that all Your faithful ones who partake of it may be filled with every heavenly blessing and with much grace abound in good works, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Eggs

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

We beg of You, Lord, to let the grace of Your blessing come upon these eggs which You have made. May they be healthful food for Your people, who eat them in thanksgiving for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and is King with You for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

(And they are sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of the Barn and the Stored Harvest

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty Lord God, You keep on giving abundance to men in the dew of heaven, and food out of the richness of the soil. We give thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the fruits of the field which we have gathered. We beg of You, in Your mercy, to bless our harvest, which we have received from Your generosity. Preserve it, and keep it from all harm. Grant, too, that all those whose desires You have filled with these good things may be happy in Your protection. May they praise Your mercies forever, and make use of the good things that do not last, in such a way that they may not lose those goods that are everlasting, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Grapes

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless, Lord, this fresh fruit of the vine, which You have been so kind as to bring to full ripeness with the dew of heaven, abundant rain, and calm and clear weather. You have given them for our use, and we should receive them with gratitude in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and is King and God with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

(And they are sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Fresh Fruit

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless, Lord, these fresh fruits (name them) and grant that all who eat of them in Your holy name may acquire health of body and soul, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And they are sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of any Food

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless this (name it), Lord, which You have made, so that it may be a healthful food for mankind. Grant by the invocation of Your holy name that whoever partakes of it may receive both health of body and safety of soul, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Wine on the Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

(On the Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, at the end of the principal Mass, that is, after the last Gospel, the priest, retaining all his vestments except the maniple, in the following manner blesses wine brought by the people in memory and in honor of Saint John, who drank poison without harm:)

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Be so kind as to bless and consecrate with Your right hand, Lord, this cup of wine, and every drink. Grant that by the merits of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, all who believe in You and drink of this cup may be blessed and protected. Blessed John drank poison from the cup, and was in no way harmed. So, too, may all who this day drink from this cup in honor of blessed John, by his merits, be freed from every sickness by poisoning and from any harms whatever. And, when they have offered themselves in both soul and body, may they be freed, too, from every fault, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Bless, Lord, this beverage which You have made. May it be a healthful refreshment to all who drink of it. And grant by the invocation of Your holy name that whoever tastes of it may, by Your generosity receive health of both soul and body, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen

And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, descend upon this wine which He has made, and upon every drink, and remain always.
R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water. If this blessing is given outside of Mass, the priest performs it in the manner described above, but with surplice and stole.)

Blessing of Wine for the Sick

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, in Cana of Galilee You turned water into wine. Be so kind as to bless and sanctify this wine which You have made and given for the sustenance of Your servants, so that, wherever men may pour this wine, and whoever drinks of it, may be filled with the richness of Your goodly blessing.

Almighty, everlasting God, eternal salvation of those who believe, hear our prayers for Your sick servant (or servants) for whom we ask help in Your mercy, that he (she or they) may regain health and return thanks to You in Your Church, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

(And the wine is sprinkled with holy water.)

A Blessing for any Medicine

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, You have made man out of nothing in a marvelous way, and in a still more marvelous way You have “remade” him. You have been so kind as to come to our aid with many remedies in the various sicknesses with which mankind is weighed down. Kindly hear our prayers and pour Your holy blessing from heaven upon this medicine, that he (she, or they) who partakes (partake) of it may merit to receive health of both mind and body, through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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