On Wednesday afternoon I was honoured to visit the local Catholic primary school to bless each of the 11 classrooms. Rather than simply take along some pre-blessed water I paused in every classroom with aspergillum water and salt and asked the children how we could possibly transform these very ordinary things into holy water fit to bless a classroom? This allowed us to discuss how blessing comes from God alone and priests do not, in one sense, have a blessing of their own to give. They are however authorised to call down God’s blessing, in a very special way, to authenticate the sacraments and sacramentals on behalf of the church.
The children then watched as I blessed the water with the ancient prayers and blessed the salt. We then mixed them together just as salt was scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha! Devotions were then offered before we sprinkled the room with holy water. At the end the following prayer was used.
Lord bless this classroom dedicated to the education of young people. Bless all our students, teachers, parents, governors, staff and friends. May this school enable all children to flourish and be happy and may it teach the Catholic faith in all its richness and fullness for the salvation of souls. May this classroom be blessed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
It was a lot of fun as well as an excellent opportunity to witness to the faith. I am very grateful indeed to the Head teacher for inviting me.