1. I love this honest perspective. We all feel a bit ill equipped in doing God´s work. Your honesty helps me and I´m sure others know we don´t need to know everything. Just say yes and God will take care of the rest!

  2. Hey Joel!

    Here is the simple blessing of articles for devotion from the Shorter Book of Blessings (available on Amazon – handy book!):

    “May this (name of article) and the one who uses it be blessed,
    in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

    And a short blessing for holy water, from the Canadian version of the same book:
    “Father, bless + this water! and let it be a reminder for us of our baptism.
    Help us to live as people of light, and to be blameless and worthy in your sight.
    All honour and praise be yours, Father, through Christ our Lord and Saviour.

    (The little + refers to the priest/deacon making the sign of the cross over the object.)

    • (Heh. And I just noticed the superfluous ! after “water”. That should be a comma. I mean, blessing water is pretty exciting but usually the liturgical books are a bit more understated than that. :-))

    • Fr. Darryl, thanks very much for the helpful resources! Through the formation process, we got the books for the Rites of Baptism, Marriage, Christian Funerals, and Christian Initiation of Adults. One would think the Book of Blessings, or at least the Shorter Book of Blessings, would have been part of the package. A number of people gave me gift certificates to our local Catholic bookstore. I’ll have to pick either of those up.

      FYI, I thought the gratuitous ! was thrown in for my benefit. Hey, everything is exciting the first time you do it, right? ;)

  3. As for incensing, I like the notes that Fr. McNamara on Zenit:

    For the blessing of a person, it’s generally a safe bet to do the blessing like what is in the Missal:

    “May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”


    “May the blessing of almighty God,
    the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit
    come down on you and remain with you for ever. Amen.”

    I usually begin with “The Lord be with you. (And with your spirit.)” like how it’s done at Mass or at another liturgy.

  4. Hey, it´s an easy mistake to make….back in the day, I used to be a lector and I could rehearse those readings EVERY..SINGLE..DAY.. in the week preceding the Sunday I had to read, and the second I got up there, I´d look at that lectionary and my mind would completely go stupid. I think the second we stop being “scared” is when we aren´t taking it seriously enough anymore. So, that mistake is an easy one to make. You´ll be telling people fondly about this little incident for the rest of your life. :)

    • Jean, you get it. One of my biggest fears was that people would think I didn’t prepare. I did, but when a different Gospel reading was staring me right in the face, I assumed I must have prepared incorrectly. And here’s the thing, had the wrong reading been from Mark or Luke, it might have dawned on me that I was looking at the wrong cycle. However, next year’s Gospel reading for the 21st Sunday in OT is from John, which didn’t clue me in to anything. I asked myself about a dozen questions in a split second including, “What if this doesn’t match Father’s homily?” Thank goodness Dcn. Frank came and bailed me out. Everyone involved handled the whole thing so graciously.

  5. If this means you proclaimed the wrong Gospel no worries , I never did that yet but I did once leave a part out from a second page , top that one , don´t worry wait til you space off during the mass but that won´t happen to you your not old enough yet blessings DB

  6. This was so unbelievably honest and funny! I have several close friends that are deacons who have also shared with me the behind the scenes “Thank goodness no one noticed!” moments! Just remember that God must have a sense of humor too. :)

  7. RJD

    Please keep sharing your observations! I’m following them carefully. I’ve just begun Diaconate formation with Cohort XV, so God willing, I’ll be standing in your shoes in another 4 years…

  8. Hugh

    Haha! Love it. As a newly ordained deacon, I face similar issues. I have a very active, bubbly 2 year old daughter who always manages to add a bit of extra especially when I chant. She’d ask beloved at the top of her voice, ‘mum, why does dad sing so silly, or where’s my funny hat like bishop uncle Pete’? Love every moment though.

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