House Blessings

Traditionally, Orthodox homes are blessed by the priest in the days and weeks after Theophany.

This act is the central sign of God’s sanctification of all things through Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan and his epiphany to the world. The sanctification of the home takes place with prayer and the sprinkling of holy water. The priest, at this annual visit, asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil and to fill if with every blessing. Everyone of the house, prays together for the living and the dead of the family, and all who live and have lived in the house. They all sing the hymn of salvation and process from room to room while the priest blesses the house. It is not a long service, taking around 15 minutes depending on the number of names to commemorate and the size of the house. 

If you would like to have your house blessed this season (Jan-Feb), please fill out the below form and click Submit. If you do not wish to have your house blessed, you do not need to fill out the form. 

Here is a PDF of the Order for the Blessing of Homes that you can view or download. Please try to print this out in advance of your house blessing and make sure to write down the names of your living and departed family members you wish to have remembered in prayer.