If anyone is interested what Western Rite does for Epiphany,
Last evening, following vespers, we had The Service for the Epiphany blessing of Water:
I know our music is different-Gregorian Chant, I am not sure how similar The Blessing Prayers are Eastern Rite prayers, but here is a outline of our service, and the prayers that were used for the blessing of the waters:
The Eve of Epiphany: The Great Blessing of Water at Epiphany
THE LITANY OF THE SAINTS and PSALMS
PSALM 29 Afferte Domino
PSALM 46 Deus noster refugium
PSALM 147 Laudate Dominum
Prayers for The Great Blessing of Water
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by His power, we cast you out, every unclean spirit,
every devilish power, every assault of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group
and sect; begone and stay far from the Church of God, from all who are made in the image of
God and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine Lamb. Never again dare, you cunning
serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church of God, nor to strike the chosen of
God and to sift them as wheat. For it is the Most High God who commands you, He to
whom you heretofore in your great pride considered yourself equal; He who desires that all men
might be saved and come to the knowledge of Truth.
God the Father commands you.
God the Son commands you.
God the Holy Spirit commands you.
The majesty of Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh commands you; He who for the
salvation of our race, the race that was lost through your envy, humbled Himself and became
obedient even unto death; He who built His Church upon a solid rock, and proclaimed that the
gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would remain with her all days, even to
the end of the world.
The sacred mystery of the Cross commands you, as well as the power of all the mysteries of
The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your
The faith of the holy apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles commands you.
The blood of the martyrs and the devout intercession of all holy men and women commands you.
Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living God, by
the true God, by the holy God, by the God who so loved the world that He gave His only-
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have life everlasting; cease
your deception of the human race and your giving them to drink of the poison of everlasting
damnation; desist from harming the Church and fettering her freedom. Begone Satan, you father
and teacher of lies and enemy of mankind. Give place to Christ in whom you found none of your
works; give place to the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself
purchased with His blood. May you be brought low under God's mighty hand. May you tremble
and flee as we call upon the holy and awesome Name of Jesus, before whom hell quakes, and to
whom the virtues, powers, and dominations are subject; whom the cherubim and seraphim praise
with unwearied voices, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!
Followed by the Then the antiphon and Magnificat, The Blessing of the Salt
The service closed with the singing of the Te Deum, as the people are sprinkled with the Blessed Water .
(All music is traditional Gregorian Chant)
What's with the blessing of the salt..In Orthodoxy I never noticed salt used or blessed and added to the holy water...I watched a old latin mass im not that crazy about it ..it seems stiff and regimented, hope thats the correct word to describe it..Plus the altar is againt a wall...The clergy seem to be more to the side sitting ,,its just different....