Thursday, March 24, 2005

Prayer Over Water Already Blessed

Baptismal font in the form of a cross. Located in Avdat, Israel. This font dates from the 2nd century A.D.During the Easter season it is appropriate to use holy water taken from the baptismal font for the Sprinkling Rite. When this is done, the usual prayers of blessing found in the Sacramentary ("The Order of the Mass," Rite of Sprinkling, A-C) are not used, since the water has already been blessed at the Easter Vigil.

Instead, a prayer of thanksgiving may be said over the water before the sprinkling. These prayers are found in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, #222 D or E. These prayers include responses by the people throughout the prayer.

If water is not taken from the font and it has not been previously blessed, the prayers of blessing found in the Sacramentary are used before the sprinkling of the people.

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