Posted by: Wayne | October 16, 2011

Boat Blessing

I love being Catholic. There are blessings for beer, blessings for bacon, blessings for salt, seismographs, fire engines, electric dynamos, and mountain climbing equipment. Of course, there is a blessing for boats, as well. Our pastor graciously stayed after Mass and blessed Good Enough.

I couldn’t find the text he used for our blessing, but here is the old version from the Rituale Romanum:

Lord, be well disposed to our prayers, and by your holy hand bless + this ship (boat) and its passengers, as you were pleased to let your blessing hover over Noah’s ark in the Deluge. Reach out your hand to them, Lord, as you did to blessed Peter as he walked upon the sea. Send your holy angel from on high to watch over it and all on board, to ward off any threat of disaster, and to guide its course through calm waters to the desired port. Then after a time, when they have successfully transacted their business, may you in your loving providence bring them back with glad hearts to their own country and home. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

From what I remember, Monsignor added something about good winds but not too much wind. He was a little surprised to find there was no motor.

The Gospel reading today was on rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s. Giving God this boat, to be used for His glory and our good, is part of that. But the first part of the passage didn’t escape me. Tomorrow we pay tax on it; rendering unto Caesar indeed!


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