BLESSING OF A HOLY PICTURE

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Almighty and eternal God,
it does not displease You
that images of Your saints are carved or painted.
For as often as we look on these images with our bodily eyes,
so often we do consider the actions of Your saints
with our mind’s eye,
and ponder their sanctity for our imitation.
Be so good, we beg of You,
as to bless and sanctify this image (or statue)
made in honor and memory of Your only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ
(or the most blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, or blessed [Name],
Your Apostle or Martyr, or Bishop, or Confessor, or Virgin).
Grant that whoever in the presence of this image
humbly pays devout reverence and honor
to Your only begotten Son (or the most Blessed Virgin,
or the glorious Apostle, or Martyr, or Confessor, or Virgin),
may through his (her) merits and intercession
win grace in this life,
and everlasting glory in the world to come,
through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

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