BLESSING OF A HOME
Can Lutherans do such a thing? The answer is yes. The Lutheran Service Book Pastoral Care Companion has the following introduction to the rite of Blessing of a Home.
It is appropriate that homes of Christians be blessed by the Word of God and prayer. This rite may be used when a new home is occupied, when a family moves to another home, or at other appropriate times (e.g., following a robbery or vandalizing of a home, following an assault or murder in the home, following fire or other destruction, following renovation of a home). Homes may be blessed annually. Usually this is done during the season of the Epiphany due to the connection of the visitation of the Magi to the home of the infant Christ (Matt. 2:1–11; John 1:14)…. The head of the household should be encouraged to pray regularly with the family, read the Scriptures, and sing hymns throughout the year, especially in times of distress. (page 148).
The goal is to assure Christians that Christ is with them. Since God gives us a family, the home becomes a special place where that family grows together. St. Paul reminds us: 1 Timothy 4:4–5 (ESV) 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
As the first stanza of the hymn 862 “Oh, Bless the House” tells us
Oh, blest the house, whate'er befall,
Where Jesus Christ is all in all!
A home that is not wholly His--
How sad and poor and dark it is!
The “Blessing of a Home” is a great way for a family to rejoice in their Christians life together and to renew their lives together under the Word of God.
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