I’ve had a couple emails lately with questions about forms or texts of blessings by priests. ‘Tis the season: new priests are darting about, leaving whiffs of still-fresh chrism in their wakes, imparting “first blessings”. As it turns out, I have answered a similar question exactly one year ago today. This is what I wrote.
QUAERITUR… From a reader:
I have searched for but am unable to find the text a newly ordained priest uses for first blessings. Do you perhaps know where one could find it in Latin and/or in English?
The usual blessing:
Benedictio Dei omnipotentis Patris, et + Filii, et Spiritus Sancti descendat super te/vos et maneat semper. Amen.
Often rendered as…
May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit/Ghost, descend upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.
There is no need to throw in all sorts of other ingredients as if those to be blessed were lined up at a salad bar … sprinklings of pious imagery, vague invocations of niceness and holy fluff, rambling discourses that dead end in words like “beautiful” … you know of which I speak.
This is also the blessing the priest should give to servers after Mass.
Romans are concise. Fathers, enough with the rambling. Be concise.
Ask priests for their blessing.