If you believe in blessings, consider getting one for your home. It’s a taboo subject for real estate agents. But for many homeowners, it’s a tradition. For centuries, many different cultures have done something strikingly similar to their dwellings: they bless their homes. In the first Century A.D., some early Christians believed sanctifying their homes would ward off evil spirits. Not to be confused with the more popular trend of housewarming parties, house blessings usually involve spiritual aspects. If you’re going to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in the roof over your family’s head, why not take a few minutes to perform a ritual that could result in serious peace of mind?
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering a house blessing.
They Are Subjective
No one religion lays claim to the house blessing rite, but it’s often associated with Christianity. A typical Christian blessing involves prayer and the sprinkling of holy water. Accessories and clergymen aside, all you really need to perform a house blessing is a dwelling and an intention.
They Can Happen Whenever
House blessings are often performed when homeowners move into new homes, but they can be performed at any time and for any reason. Some churches offer the service every January during the Epiphany, when the wise men visited baby Jesus.
They Can be Social Events
Christians could easily pray over a new home themselves, but there is comfort and joy in the fellowship of praying together—making the practice a social event as well as a spiritual one.