When any of the faithful wish 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 present order may be used by a priest or deacon. It may also be used by a lay person, who follows the rites and prayers designated for a lay minister. While maintaining the structure and chief elements of the rite, the minister should adapt the celebration to the circumstances of the place and the people involved.
There is to be no blessing of a new home unless those who will live in it are present.
- 1 Introductory Rites
- 2 Reading of the Word of God
- 3 Intercessions
- 4 Prayer of Blessing
- 5 Concluding Rite
- 6 7. Let Understanding and Wisdom be the Foundation
- 7 6. May God Keep Your Home Safe
- 8 5. Welcome God Into Your Home
- 9 4. Let Your Home be Based on Hard Work
- 10 3. May Your Home Be Peaceful
- 11 2. May You Dwell In Your Home for Many Years
- 12 1. Let Your Home Have Peace
- 13 Article by Elise Cleary
When the family members and their relatives and friends have gathered in a convenient place, the minister says
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All make the Sign of the Cross and reply:
A minister who is a priest or deacon greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture.
Peace be with this house and with all who live here.
All make the following or some other suitable reply:
And with your spirit.
A lay minister uses the following greeting:
May the God whom we glorify with one heart and voice enable us, through the Spirit, to live in harmony as followers of Christ Jesus, now and for ever.
In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing.
When Christ took flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary, he made his home with us. Let us now pray that he will enter this home and bless it with his presence. May he always be here with you, share in your joys, comfort you in your sorrows. Inspired by his teachings and example, seek to make your new home before all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ.
Reading of the Word of God
A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture.
Listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke: 10:5-9
Peace to this house.
The Lord said to the seventy-two: “Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”
Lord, do not pass
your servant by. Genesis 18:1-10a
Jesus went straight
to Simon’s house. Mark 1:29-30
Martha welcomed Jesus
into her house. Luke 10:38-42
Today salvation has come
to this house. Luke 19:1-9
Stay with us. Luke 24:28-32
As circumstances suggest, the following responsorial psalm or some other suitable song may be sung or said.
R. Happy are those who fear the Lord.
Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed. R.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure for ever.
He dawns through the darkness,
a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just. R.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance. R.
An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes. R.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure for ever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory. R.
Alternative Responsorial Psalms:
Psalm 127: 1. 2. 3-4. 5
R. The Lord will build a house for us.
Psalm 128: 1-2. 3. 4-6a
R. See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.
The intercessions are then said. The minister introduces them, and an assisting minister or someone else announces the intentions. From the following intentions, those best suited to the circumstances may be used or adapted, or other intentions that apply to the particular circumstances may be composed.
The minister says:
The Son of God, Lord of heaven and earth, made his home among us. With thankfulness and gladness let us call upon him, saying:
R. Stay with us, Lord.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Lord Jesus Christ, by your life with Mary and Joseph you sanctified the life of the home; dwell with us in our home, so that we may have you as our guest and honor you as our Head. (For this we pray:) R.
In you every dwelling grows into a holy temple; grant that those who live in this house may be built up together into the dwelling place of God in the Holy Spirit. (For this we pray:) R.
You taught your followers to build their houses upon solid rock; grant that the members of this family may hold fast to your teachings and, free of all discord, serve you with their whole heart. (For this we pray:) R.
You had no place to lay your head, but in uncomplaining poverty you accepted the hospitality of your friends; grant that through our help people who are homeless may obtain decent housing. (For this we pray:) R.
Prayer of Blessing
A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with the hands joined.
be close to your servants
who move into this home (today)
and ask for your blessing.
Be their shelter when they are at home,
their companion when they are away,
and their welcome guest when they return.
And at last receive them
into the dwelling place you have prepared for them
in your Father’s house,
where you live for ever and ever. R. Amen.
After the prayer of blessing, the minister sprinkles those present and the new home with holy water and, as circumstances suggest, during the sprinkling may say:
Let this water call to mind our Baptism into Christ, who has redeemed us by his death and resurrection.
The minister concludes the rite by saying:
May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts |, and may the word of Christ in all its richness dwell in us, | so that whatever we do in word and in work, | we will do in the name of the Lord.
It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song.
May God’s blessing descend abundantly upon this house and upon all who dwell in it. May the grace of the Holy Spirit sanctify everyone.
May The Name in which all is safe, the sweet and Most Holy Name of Jesus, grant happiness and blessing in full measure to this house, and everything within it.
May the Most Blessed Virgin Mother of God, Mary, with motherly concern, look after all, and preserve all from any bodily or spiritual evil.
May the powerful prayers of the worthy St. Joseph obtain a prosperous issue to our undertakings and abundant merit from all our sufferings.
May the holy guardian angels protect all in this house from persecutions of the devil, and one day lead us to our heavenly fatherland.
May the blessing of Almighty God, The + Father, The + Son and the + Holy Spirit descend upon us and remain with us always.
Moving into a new home is an exciting time because it brings new beginnings and hope for dreams fulfilled. Whether you are a newly married couple, a family starting a new journey in a new town or single and buying your first place, take time to breath in the excitement of renewed hope. Allow God’s blessings into your home as you put photos on the walls, remodel the kitchen, invite friends over for dinner parties and celebrate holidays. Seek His council in each decision, from adopting a dog to deciding whether an extended family member will live with you.
Here are the top seven Bible verses for blessing a new home.
7. Let Understanding and Wisdom be the Foundation
Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
There is a lot of thought, energy and time into creating a home. Sometimes this means you feel like rushing into purchasing furniture, but remember that creating a home is more than what you put into it. Make decisions that are wise and help you sustain your home for years to come. Be understanding of each family member when a plate is dropped, window is broken and garage door is backed into. These things happen and the reactions and forgiveness are the glue that helps bring peace to your home.
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6. May God Keep Your Home Safe
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
The Lord can bless your new home in many ways. Many people dream about a safe haven that brings peace and happiness. Pray for this over your new home as you get settled in. Find ways to secure your home, such as changing the locks and installing a security system.
5. Welcome God Into Your Home
2 Chronicles 7:15-16 “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.”
The Lord knows all about the new move into your new home and wants to bless it. He is pursuing a relationship with you and your entire family and will help you establish your home if you let Him. Create a sign with your favorite Bible verse and hang it in a place your family will see it each day.
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4. Let Your Home be Based on Hard Work
Proverbs 24:27 “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”
You worked hard to earn the money to purchase a home, so continue working hard as you create your home. Let your dreams come true, whether it’s to plant a garden or build an ice skating rink.
3. May Your Home Be Peaceful
1 Samuel 25:6 “And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.”
A home is a wonderful thing – something that can be a peaceful haven, but it’s something you have to work to achieve. Allow God to guide you in how to establish and allow your home to become more peaceful each day.
2. May You Dwell In Your Home for Many Years
1 Kings 8:13 “I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.”
Do you see your home as a place to dwell in forever? God wants this for you, so look for ways that will help you maintain your home for years and years to come. Allow God to establish your home with love, memories, grace and peace.
1. Let Your Home Have Peace
Luke 10:5 “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’”
Yes, this is another verse about peace! A new home is a chance to create a peaceful haven for you and your family. May God bless you with peace from the first day you move in until the last day your family lives in the home.
A new home can be exciting, but can also bring stresses, so remember these verses as you decide how your household will run. Find ways to make it peaceful and find ways to glorify God in your home. There is a greater reason for why God has blessed you and allow Him to carry out His work through establishing your home.
Article by Elise Cleary
I am a Christian writer and editor that lives in northern Michigan and thoroughly enjoy music, movies, TV shows, books and other entertainment with a Christian focus. My favorite song is “Oceans” by Hillsong United because it reminds me that has big plans for me and everyone else who puts their trust in Him. There are many movies that have impacted my life, but a few include God’s Not Dead, The Shunning and Letters to God. I also write for www.faithandentertainment.com and love connecting with readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact me! When I’m not writing I enjoy watching movies and laughing with my busy toddler and husband.