House Blessing, Christian Ceremony
The house is cleaned thoroughly.
(Note: Sorry, the officiant isn’t going to clean your house for you.)
At the front door
The officiant (or a member of the household) writes the initials “CMB” and the year in chalk above the front door.
Bless this house, and all who enter here. As is written in Revelation 3:20:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.
If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
We mark this entrance with the initials for the phrase, “Christus Mansionem Benedictat” – “May Christ this dwelling bless.”
Walking from room to room
The officiant lights incense or sage and enters the house with the family.
Let the smell of this burning sage/incense remind us of our love for one another and our good intentions toward all who enter.
A blessing from Deuteronomy 28: 3-6:
May you be blessed in the city, and blessed in the country!
Blessed be the fruit of your womb, the produce of your soil and the offspring of your livestock,
the issue of your herds and the young of your flocks!
Blessed be your grain basket and your kneading bowl!
May you be blessed in your coming in, and blessed in your going out!
Outside the home
The officiant stands at the entrance.
May this house keep all within it safe and whole. May all threats be turned away and all dangers refused entry.
The officiant walks to the front left corner, sprinkling water or sea salt.
A blessing from Psalm 121:
I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From whence shall come my help?
My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
The officiant walks to the rear left corner of the home, sprinkling water or sea salt.
He will not allow your foot to slip; or your guardian to sleep.
Behold, the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps.
The officiant walks to the rear right corner of the home, sprinkling water or sea salt.
The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
The officiant walks to the front right corner of the home, sprinkling water or sea salt.
The LORD will guard you from all evil; he will guard your soul.
The LORD will guard your coming and going both now and forever.
The officiant returns to the front door.
May this house be a safe and joyous dwelling place from this day forward. Amen.