“Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health and salvation, and the furtherance of all good things to all Your servants who dwell herein, and preserve them for many years.”The Prayer for the Blessing of Homes
House Blessing (or Restaurant Blessing)
The Great Blessing of Water is held on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany and on the day itself, following the Divine Liturgy. The Blessing not only remembers the event of Our Lord’s baptism and the revelation of the Holy Trinity but also expresses Orthodoxy’s belief that creation is sanctified through Christ. The Blessing affirms that humanity and the created world, of which we are a part, were created to be filled with the sanctifying presence of God. After the solemn blessing, the Holy Water is distributed to the faithful and is used to bless homes during the Epiphany season. When the faithful drink the “Epiphany Water,” we are reminded of our own baptism. When the Church blesses an individual, or object, or event with the water, we are affirming that those baptized, their surroundings, and their responsibilities are sanctified through Christ and brought into the Kingdom of the Father through the Spirit.
Father Sophronios will be able to visit homes and restaurants for Agiasmos blessings. Email email@example.com if interested.
If you have a loved one in the hospital who is sick and would like Father Sophronios to visit, please contact the church immediately. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.