In the Bible, God blessed the houses of His servants for His purposes and glory (Genesis 39:5; Ezekiel 44;30). There is nothing that indicates that a ritual preceded the blessing. God simply blessed His people who were following in obedience to Him.
According to the Book of Blessings that approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See, there is the Order of for the Blessing of a New Home and the Order for the Blessing of Homes during the Christmas and Easter Seasons. Both orders mas be used by a priest, deacon, or a layperson, who follows the rites and prayers designated for a lay minister.
- According to the Order for the Blessing of a New Home indicates in §660 "When any of the faithful wishes to mark their moving into a new home with a religious celebration, the parish priest (pastor) and his associates should gladly cooperate. The occasion provides a special opportunity for a gathering of the members of the community to mark the joyful event and to thank God, from whom all blessings come, for the gift of a new home." The presence of those who will live in it is necessary for blessing a new home.
- It is appropriate to bless all religious statues or pictures that will be used in the house at the Blessing of a New Home.
- Special Note of House Blessing with Strange Experience! Many times, people request House Blessing because of their strange experiences with the environment of the house or their strange sensational experiences. In this case, a commitment of their religious conversion and healing of their faith and those who are resided in the house is a requisite condition for the blessing of the House. They need to meet with their pastor explaining and evaluating their situation before a blessing will proceed.
For all registered parish members who wish to inquire more information for their House Blessing, please contact the parish office. 817-473-6709