I’m planning on hatching chickens in the next couple of weeks. I’m using shipped eggs which have a higher mortality rate from being through the mail system. (but I simply can’t get what I want locally) Is there a blessing for hatching eggs? These poor little chooks are going to need every advantage they can get.
It is good that you made the distinction about “hatching”. More on that below.
There is in the old Rituale Romanum the Benedictio volucrum, a Blessing of Fowl.
After the usual introduction, the priest continues with Old Testament images so common to blessings, as in (not my translation) …
Among the many created species which thy bounty prompted to bestow for man’s use, thou didst also bring forth winged creatures from the waters. With these, Noe, in coming form from the ark, rendered thee a pleasing burnt offering. And in Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, thou didst order through Moses, thy servant, that the people should ear the birds of the air, separating the clean from the unclean…
The older Rituale Romanum and its abbreviated Collectio Rituum has many blessings for things of daily life. We should reintegrate the use of these blessings and sacramentals into our lives. They help to keep our hearts focus on God and on goodness, truth and beauty, and many of them are meant to put to flight the enemy of the soul.
Get the priest to bless the eggs using that blessing. He’ll need holy water, too.
And, as I have said before, I don’t think the newer “Book of Blessings” (De Benedictionibus) is worth the paper it is printed on.
As to the “hatching” distinction, there is in the older Rituale a Benedictio ovorum, a Blessing of eggs, which we would commonly do at Easter time. This blessing is intended for eggs we are going to eat. For the hatching eggs, I would go with the Blessing for Fowl.
In the meantime, does anyone else think chickens are funny?