The celebrant, members of the household, and friends assemble in the living room of the home.
The Celebrant greets the people.
The service may begin with the following or some other appropriate Collect, the Celebrant first saying.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Celebrant Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, grant to this home the grace of your presence, that you may be known to be the inhabitant of this dwelling, and the defender of this household; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
One or both of the following Lessons, or other appropriate Readings may follow.
Old Testament Genesis 18.1-8
Epistle 3 John 1-6a, 11, 13-15
If there is to be a Communion, a passage from the Gospel is always included. The following are appropriate.
GospelJohn 11.5; 12.1-3 or Matthew 6.25-33
A homily or brief address may follow.
When appropriate, the Celebrant then says the following invocation
Let the mighty power of the Holy God be present in this place to banish from it every unclean spirit, to cleanse it from every residue of evil, and to make it a secure habitation for those who dwell in it; in the Name of Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.
If convenient, prayers for the several rooms of the house are offered at this time. The Celebrant, with members of the household (one of them carrying a lighted candle if desired), and others as convenient, move from room to room, concluding the procession in the living room.
If the procession does not take place here, the service continues with the Blessing of the Home.The prayers in the separate rooms may be used before or after the service.