BLESSING OF HERBS ON THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED
the Asperges if it is a Sunday, otherwise immediately before Mass,
the priest, standing before the altar and facing the people who
hold the herbs and fruits in their hands, says in a clear voice:
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: To you we owe our hymn of praise, O God, in Sion; to
you must vows be fulfilled, you who hear prayers.
All: To you all flesh must come* because of wicked
P: We are overcome by our sins; * it is you who
All: Happy the man you choose, * and bring to dwell
in your courts.
P: May we be filled with the good things of your house,
* the holy things of your temple.
All: With awe-inspiring deeds of justice you answer
us, * O God our Savior,
P: The hope of all the ends of the earth * and of the distant
All: You set the mountains in place by your power,
* you who are girt with might;
P: You still the roaring of the seas, * the roaring of
their waves and the tumult of the peoples.
All: And the dwellers at the earth's ends are in
fear at your marvels; * the farthest east and west you make resound
P: You have visited the land and watered it; *
greatly have you enriched it.
All: God's watercourses are filled; you have prepared
the grain. * Thus have you prepared the land:
P: Drenching its furrows, * breaking up its clods,
All: Softening it with showers, * blessing its
P: You have crowned the year with your bounty, * and your
paths overflow with a rich harvest;
All: The untilled meadows overflow with it, * and
rejoicing clothes the hills.
P: The fields are garmented with flocks and the valleys
blanketed with grain. * They shout and sing for joy.
All: Glory be to the Father.
P: As it was in the beginning.
P: The Lord will be gracious.
All: And our land will bring forth its fruit.
P: You water the mountains from the clouds.
All: The earth is replenished from your rains.
P: Giving grass for cattle.
All: And plants for the benefit of man.
P: You bring wheat from the earth.
All: And wine to cheer man's heart.
P: Oil to make his face lustrous.
All: And bread to strengthen his heart.
P: He utters a command and heals their suffering.
All: And snatches them from distressing want.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, who by your word alone brought into being
the heavens, earth, sea, things seen and things unseen, and garnished
the earth with plants and trees for the use of man and beast; who
appointed each species to bring forth fruit in its kind, not only
for the food of living creatures, but for the healing of sick bodies
as well; with mind and word we urgently call on you in your great
kindness to bless + these various herbs and fruits, thus increasing
their natural powers with the newly given grace of your blessing.
May they keep away disease and adversity from men and beasts who
use them in your name; through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
God, who through Moses, your servant, directed the children of Israel
to carry their sheaves of new grain to the priests for a blessing,
to pluck the finest fruits of the orchard, and to make merry before
you, the Lord their God; hear our supplications, and shower blessings
+ in abundance upon us and upon these bundles of new grain, new
herbs, and this assortment of produce which we gratefully present
to you on this festival, blessing + them in your name. Grant that
men, cattle, flocks, and beasts of burden find in them a remedy
against sickness, pestilence, sores, injuries, spells, against the
fangs of serpents or poisonous creatures. May these blessed objects
be a protection against diabolical mockery, cunning, and deception
wherever they are kept, carried, or otherwise used. Lastly, through
the merits of the blessed Virgin Mary, whose Assumption we are celebrating,
may we all, laden with the sheaves of good works, deserve to be
taken up to heaven; through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
God, who on this day raised up to highest heaven the rod of Jesse,
the Mother of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that by her prayers
and patronage you might communicate to our mortal nature the fruit
of her womb, your very Son; we humbly implore you to help
us use these fruits of the soil for our temporal and everlasting
welfare, aided by the power of your Son and the prayers of His glorious
Mother; through Christ our Lord.
And may the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit,
come upon these creatures and remain always.
They are sprinkled with holy water and incensed.