God bless you and keep you

There is a moment towards the end of the Holy Eucharist service in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer where

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, may bless the people.

For special services – the Thanksgiving for a Child, for example – a scripted Blessing is prescribed. The Book of Occasional Services offers some lovely seasonal examples, and Enriching Our Worship curates some more.

But for ordinary Sundays in the Book of Common Prayer, permission is given but no specific instruction as to how one might word the blessing.

The 1549 Book of Common Prayer prescribed the blessing,

The peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you alway.

This is the blessing of my childhood, and the one to which I most comfortably revert.

Nevertheless, I am moved to try something new. Each week, until Advent 2017, I will post a blessing based in the Scriptures of the Sunday to come. I’d love to hear from you, if you use them, especially how they are received by your people and by your own spirit.

A Blessing for August 28, 2017: Year C, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

Readings: Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 OR Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14

May you have confidence to say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”

May you hear God’s Word calling you, “Friend.”

May your heart in all humility, by the daily visitation of God’s Holy Spirit, be lifted up to glory.


(Hebrews 13:6; Psalm 118:6; Luke 14:10)

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
This entry was posted in blessings, lectionary reflection and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to God bless you and keep you

  1. Pingback: Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #3 Women and versions | Belgian Biblestudents - Belgische Bijbelstudenten

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s