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Catholic Prayer: Roman Ritual: Blessing of Crosses

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From the 1964 Roman Ritual translated by Philip Weller. This is a blessing of crosses which are which are to be set in vineyards, fields, etc., on or about May 3, the Finding of the Holy Cross.

In the current General Roman Calendar, this feast day was combined with the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. May 3 is now the Feast of Saints Philip and James.

Prayer:

(Approved by the Congregation of Sacred Rites, Feb. 10, 1888)

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, merciful Father and our unalloyed comfort, in virtue of the bitter suffering that your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, endured for us sinners on the wood of the cross, bless + these crosses which your faithful will set up in their vineyards, gardens, fields, and other places. Shield the land where they are placed from hail, tornado, storm, and every onslaught of the enemy, so that the produce, ripened for the harvest, may be gathered to your honor by those who put their trust in the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
All: Amen.

They are sprinkled with holy water.

Prayer Source: Roman Ritual: Volume III, The Blessings by Philip T. Weller, The Bruce Publishing Company, 1952