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HOUSE BLESSING

One of several liturgical blessings of a home approved by the Church. A standard formula, which the priest recites, while sprinkling the house with holy water, begins: "We earnestly beseech You, God the Father Almighty, to bless, and sanctify and endow with every gift this home, its furnishings and those who dwell herein."

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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