Signs that Show the Way
On the 30th of November, the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, I had the privilege of blessing the new Saint Andrew Church sign after the 11:00 AM Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. Below is the blessing that I wrote for the occasion:
Blessing of the new Saint Andrew Church Sign
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and earth (Ps. 124:8).
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, You called the Holy Apostle Andrew
to leave everything behind and come and follow You.
As we celebrate his feast today
and call upon Your blessing
on our parish and on our new sign,
graciously grant us, we pray,
the courage to trust and follow You,
the zeal to go forth from this place as Your new fishers of men,
and the eagerness to proclaim Your Gospel to all creation.
Bless, O Lord, the foundation on which this sign rests.
May its stability always remind us of You
who are the sure foundation of Your Church.
Bless, O Lord, these bricks
that have been used to build up this sign.
May their combined strength remind us of our call
to be the living stones that make up Your one Church.
Bless, O Lord, these lights
that illuminate this sign in the night.
May their radiance remind us that You have called us,
in the midst of the darkness of sin,
to be the light of the world.
Bless, O Lord, the name that adorns this sign:
the blessed name of our patron Andrew.
As once he beckoned his brother Simon Peter to come and meet You,
may his name again invite all who pass by this highway
to seek and to find Your presence here in Your Church:
in Her people and in their building.
Bless, O Lord, the cross that crowns this edifice.
May this sign of Your great love and sacrifice inspire us
to offer our own sacrifices to the Father,
to carry our own crosses daily,
and to love You and our neighbor.
Through the intercession of our patron, Saint Andrew,
bless, O Lord, our parish
that we too may be for the people of Mercer County
the signs that show the way to the Kingdom
where You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.