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Posted: Jan 24, 2020

Blessing Kids at Home

For generations it has been a tradition in many churches to have one’s priest visit their home around Epiphany and bless the household (building and inhabitants alike). This ritual can be a great way to start a new calendar year, but did you know priests aren’t the only one who can bless members of your household? As a parent you can bless your children, and the Very Rev. Heather VanDeventer (currently Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Spokane, WA) has offered a quick how-to for blessing kids at home (and a few simple blessings to get you started).

How To Do It

Start simply. Blessing children can be very simple. Our first blessing was short and sweet: “I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” or, “I bless you in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.”

Be creative. As the girls got wiggly and squiggly, we wove their bodies into the blessing: “I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From the top of your head to the tips of your wiggly toes. From the fingers on this hand to the fingers on this hand. And everywhere in between – on the inside, outside, and when you are upside down.”

Give and receive. One night when our second daughter was about 3, she reached out to give us blessings as well. The words were similar to what we had been using across the years of blessing but her own words. The words we have used over the years have changed to reflect the qualities each girl has or ones we want them to cultivate.

Blessings for Children at Home

Trinity Blessing 1

I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Trinity Blessing 2

I bless you in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26)

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Wiggly Squiggly Blessing

I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From the top of your head to the tips of your wiggly toes. From the fingers on this hand to the fingers on this hand. And everywhere in between – on the inside, outside, and when you are upside down.

Parent Blessing 1

I love you and bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer; the God who knows and loves you, who watches over you and keeps you safe, growing strong, living, loving, and serving more and more. Amen.

Parent Blessing 2

I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, this night and always. God give you good rest, and keep you growing stronger, wiser, kinder, and ready to serve – and always knowing how much you are loved. Amen.

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