A Diversity of Water Blessing Traditions
There are many ways to bless the water, each containing its own beauty and wisdom. This collection of resources begins with two indigenous songs that were given to all people with the request that we sing to the water every day. I am also including some examples of water blessing from many branches of the Christian family.
, housed at Plymouth Congregational Church and meeting year round at Lake of the Isles. online home for Living Water contemplation From our Indigenous Leaders
For the full story of the Nibi (Water) song, go to Nibi Walk. To purchase this song, on an album with many other wonderful water songs, go to Bandcamp
For more of the story about this song go to www.singthewatersong.com From the Contemplative Community
This is the song we sing at the beginning of our contemplation time.
From the Roman Catholic Church
He demonstrates the Roman Ritual for blessing the water. You can also see a
written form of this Roman Ritual here From the Eastern Orthodox Church
We Minnesotans can’t use the excuse of the cold for not going into the water on Epiphany : )
Near the beginning of this video you see a few people dive for the cross that blesses the river. Then the group swells in a long dance.
Whoever is first to retrieve the cross from the water receives a special blessing. For the Greeks the blessing of fishing boats is also very important on Epiphany.
I couldn’t help adding this video because I love the force with which the priest sprinkles the water. From the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Timket, Epiphany in Ethiopia, is one of their highest holidays.
Timket in Minnesota. I believe this is at the Boy Scout place near the airport. They have filled a little pool of water and gradually everyone is sprinkled and the dancing and singing swells through the crowd.