HOME BLESSING OF THE WATER
Place a candle and a bowl of water from your home on your home altar or on a special cloth on a table in the heart of your home. Participants prepare for the ceremony by going to their Center of Peace for a few moments.
Water is precious. Water is the life-blood of Mother Earth. Water ebbs and flows in our bodies like the great ocean. Water cleanses and purifies all of life. Water nourishes all living beings.
CANDLE LIGHTING AND OPENING CHANT
(If two or more people are participating, divide the lines of the chant and alternate the words.)
Water of Light – Water of Life – Water of Light – Water of Life
Bless us – Heal us – Bless us – Heal us – Thank you – Thank you – Thank you – Thank you
We love you – We love you – We care for you – We care for you
Bless us – Heal us – Bless us – Heal us – Water of Light – Water of Life
O, Creator, we honor and bless this water and all the waters of the world. We honor and bless the waters which come from the Four Directions to our home. We honor and bless the rain and snow, the oceans, the rivers and the lakes. We honor and bless the water present in our bodies and in all living beings. Thank you for this precious gift of water. May these blessings mingle with this water from our home and with all the waters of the world, purifying and cleansing all with Crystal Light. And so it is.
PERSONAL PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS
Blow out candle and entire party takes the bowl of water outdoors and pours it at the base of a tree in your own yard or a nearby tree, saying as you pour, "Bless us waters of Earth and Sky, bless us and heal us as these blessings go out into the world."
(This ceremony and many other ceremonies celebrating life may be found in a new book by Rev. Arlyn Macdonald coming out in 2014.)