House Blessing

Well, we finally bought a house and, after a year of upheaval, are settling into our new location in Virginia. Our pastor offered to do a house blessing for us, so we had that this weekend. We had some people over, and the rite had everyone traipsing through the house, with Bible readings and prayers appropriate for each room: the entryway (hospitality), the living room (positive conversations), the bedroom (rest and peace), the study (wisdom), the family room (the “whatevers” of Philippians 4), the kitchen (daily bread), even the bathroom (reminders of baptism; the cleansing of the Holy Spirit).

It was a wonderfully meaningful service. As someone who attended commented, “it reminds us how Christianity relates to ordinary life.” Exactly! That’s what the doctrine of vocation is all about.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://augsburg4.blogspot.com Rev. Greg Hovland

    Thank you for your continued teachings on the doctrine of vocation. It is where the rubber hits the road for the Christian.

    May God continue to bless you and your home!

  • http://augsburg4.blogspot.com Rev. Greg Hovland

    Thank you for your continued teachings on the doctrine of vocation. It is where the rubber hits the road for the Christian.

    May God continue to bless you and your home!

  • fwsonnek

    God bless your family in your new home Dr Vieth!

  • fwsonnek

    God bless your family in your new home Dr Vieth!

  • Joe

    It reminds me of my childhood Easters. My mother was raised Ukrainian Catholic – Eastern Rite. We would spend Easter with my mother’s family and on Saturday all of the food for Easter was prepared and placed on the table. The Priest would come to the house and bless the food with holy water and incense.

  • Joe

    It reminds me of my childhood Easters. My mother was raised Ukrainian Catholic – Eastern Rite. We would spend Easter with my mother’s family and on Saturday all of the food for Easter was prepared and placed on the table. The Priest would come to the house and bless the food with holy water and incense.

  • http://ip.yion.com/s.shtml?w=www.sexhinam.com Jenni Mccoard

    It is a very important topic and dismissed by a lot of people, even professionals. I thank you for helping making people more aware of that topic.

  • http://ip.yion.com/s.shtml?w=www.sexhinam.com Jenni Mccoard

    It is a very important topic and dismissed by a lot of people, even professionals. I thank you for helping making people more aware of that topic.


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